Ken Schloss-Executive Chef
Originally from the San Francisco Bay area, Chef Ken brings nearly twenty years of experience to huggo’s.
Born and raised in wine country, Chef Ken worked in Napa Valley for most of his career. He also took five years and explored the cuisine of the Caribbean, gathering new ideas of parallel tropical latitude culinary inspirations. As a multi-talented chef, his culinary achievements bring an added dimension to this family-owned award-winning landmark restaurant.
President Eric von Platen Luder
In 1982, Eric took over the day-to-day operation of Huggo’s from his parents and restaurant founders, Shirley and Hugo von Platen Luder. He is president of Olu Kai, Ltd., which does business as Huggo’s Restaurant, Huggo’s on the Rocks and Paradise Gourmet Catering.
Eric is a graduate of the local Hawaii Preparatory Academy in Waimea and earned a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree in 1979 from Southern Methodist University. A fourth-generation Chinese-Hawaiian, Eric has worked in every capacity at Huggo’s. He began as an aspiring 11-year-old bus boy, joining his brother and sister who also pitched in during summer vacations.
Greg Peterson as GM
As Huggo’s restaurant general manager, Gregory Peterson brings more than 37 years of industry experience to Kona’s award-winning landmark restaurant. Since 2008, he has successfully managed staff both at Huggo’s and Huggo’s on the Rocks.
Previously, Peterson worked with Tommy Bahama at the Shops at Mauna Lani where he held the position of café manager. Prior to Tommy Bahama, Peterson held positions at Dillas Texas Grill, Surfer’s Paradise, McCormick & Schmick’s, Yankee Tavern Restaurant, Tijuana’s Long Bar, The Chart House and La Caille.
“We welcome Greg to our team and ohana of Huggo’s, said owner Eric von Platen Luder. “His solid background and experience are great assets.”
Greg was first introduced to the industry working at his family’s restaurant located on the Strand in California. Peterson opened the Kona Inn Restaurant in the 70’s and made a vow to return to the Big Island. Now, 24 years later he has made his dream reality.