John Sikhattana is the Head Chef of Roy’s Restaurant in Plano. When he’s not cooking, he prefers to be, well, cooking! The next time you visit Roy’s, he suggests you try the Shoyu Chicken.

Chef John is a featured chef at the American Heart Association’s 2018 Collin County Heart Ball. For more information about the Heart Ball visit

When did you know you wanted to be a chef?

Peeking out from the dishland into the kitchen during dinner service.

How did you get into the cooking business?

First job out of high school.

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Who taught you how to cook?

Roy’s Ohana.

What has been your favorite memory as a chef so far?

Cooking for the Ohana on holidays.

What do you think is the most difficult part of your job?

Being able to excel at all aspects equally.

What is the most popular dish at Roy’s?

Misoyaki Butterfish.

misoyaki butterfish at roy's plano, restaurant
Misoyaki butterfish at Roy’s Plano

How would you describe the cuisine at Roy’s?

Hawaiian Inspired, Internationally influenced.

What is your favorite dish on your menu?

The Original Blackened Ahi with Soy Mustard Butter.

What is one dish at your restaurant that is less popular but that you wish more people would try?

Shoyu Chicken, Home style Hawaiian.

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How do you come up with ideas for new dishes?

Seasonally Inspired.

What is your favorite ingredient to work with?

Fish and Seafood.

misoyaki butterfish at roy's plano, restaurant
Chilean seabass at Roy’s Plano

If you weren’t cooking, what would you do for a living?

Cooking. 🙂

What is your favorite food or meal?


What do you love most about your job?

The daily quest for perfection.

If you could cook a meal for anyone in the world, who would it be, and what would you cook?

My late Father. Chicken Soup.

What is the best piece of advice you would give to aspiring chefs?

Don’t do it…

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Roy’s Restaurant

Roy’s is a Hawaii-based restaurant that serves Pacific Rim cuisine with European technique and warm hospitality. Now an international name, its quality seafood has made its way to Japan and Guam.

2840 Dallas Parkway
Plano, TX 75093

(972) 473-6263

Collin County Heart Ball

Meet Chef John at the Collin County Heart Ball on November 3.

American Heart Association’s Collin County Heart Ball promises to be an evening of exquisite food, spirits and passion, bringing community and philanthropic leaders together at the Omni Frisco Hotel. Led by Head Chef Hugh Stewart, attendees will have the opportunity to visit chef stations from many of Collin County’s finest restaurants as part of a unique culinary experience.

For tickets and information visit

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