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You can be a Food Network star

August 12th, 2016


The Food Network is casting for the next season of "Guy's Grocery Games," open to both professionals and non-pro cooks.

Local firefighters are known for their kitchen as well as fire-fighting skills, and are among the specialty cooks being sought for the next season of Guy Fieri's "Guy's Grocery Games."

The Food Network is searching nationwide for outgoing, skilled chefs and professional cooks from all backgrounds to compete for the $20,000 prize. If you think you have the chops, or know someone who does, applications are being taken at

grocery games

All applicants must be 18 or older, and residents of the United States.

Producers are casting the following specialty episodes:

Burgers: Open to pro chefs and cooks with unique skills and perspective on burgers.
Bacon: Seeking pro chefs and cooks with unique skills and perspective on bacon.
Cheese: Pro chefs and cooks with unique skills and perspective on cheese.
All in the family: Seeking four family members who are or have been professional chefs/cooks, who will compete against each other.
Mothers Day/Father's Day: Looking for parent and son or daughter, and parent or adult child with some pro cooking experience.
Carnival games: For pro chefs and cooks with unique skills and perspective on carnival eats.
Superfans: Cooks/chefs who are epic fans of the show.
Firefighters: Amateur cooks with skills.
Police officers: Amateur cooks with skills.
Veterans: (Amateur Armed Forces cooks with skills.
Food truck chefs
Station chefs, Chef de Parties, line cooks: Representing from every part of a pro kitchen.

The deadline is Oct. 1 for the following episodes:
Burgers, Bacon, Cheese, Carnival Eats, Father's Day (Chef Father and his daughter or son, 18 or older), Superfan, Firefighters, Police, Veterans

Casting will continue through December for additional episodes that haven't been themed yet.

Pass on the word to anyone qualified.

Nadine Kam is Style Editor and staff restaurant critic at the Honolulu Star-Advertiser; her food coverage in print in Wednesday's Crave section. Contact her via email at and follow her on Twitter, Instagram and Rebel Mouse.

Hawaii trending: Word from U.K.

March 25th, 2016

It's always fun to read about perceptions of Hawaii from abroad, and while Hawaii food is trending, I'm trying to share some outsiders' takes on our cuisine as I come across stories online.

Click here for a colorful, exuberant U.K. take on poke:

The opening line stood out: "Say aloha to this totally tropical fishy dishy," because it's something cutesy I would never ever write.

Here is an interesting map of the most common jobs, state by state, based on 2014 employment data.

Here is an interesting map of the most common jobs, state by state, based on 2014 employment data. It confirms how vital the restaurant industry is to our economy.

I took note of the map above while reading a story about the pending job losses and societal change when driverless trucks goes mainstream. It's scary, it's coming and it is bad news for small towns across America. You can read the story here.

Hawaii trending: Bloomberg view

March 11th, 2016

Hawaii foodie

Now that Hawaii food is trending, I'm coming across so many of these articles that I'll try to share some of these links regularly to get to know what outside writers are saying about our food and restaurants.

Here's a link to a writeup from Tejal Rao for Bloomberg Business:

The article talks about downtown Honolulu as Ground Zero of a restaurant boom, then instead of talking about the downtown scene, proceeds to send potential visitors all over the island for bites at Koko Head Cafe for breakfast, Kaimuki Superette for lunch, Honolulu Beer Works for afternoon drinks, The Pig & the Lady for a comforting supper, the Halekulani's House Without a Key for evening cocktails, MW for a date-night dinner, and Lucky Belly for a midnight snack.

Hawaii chefs need votes for Food & Wine honor

March 25th, 2014

Food & Wine magazine is inviting the public to help discover The People’s Best New Chef. The award, an extension of the Food & Wine Best New Chefs award, honors talented up-and-coming innovators who have run their own kitchens for five years or fewer.

The field of 100 nominees for the award includes 10 chefs in 10 regions across America. Restaurant devotees can cast their votes on through 11 a.m. March 31.

Nominees from the Northwest/Pacific region include Hawaii’s Chris Kajioka (The Vintage Cave, Ala Moana Center), Kevin Lee (Prima, Kailua), and Sheldon Simeon (Migrant, Kihei).

The chef with the most votes in each region will be named a finalist; the finalist with the most votes overall will be named The People’s Best New Chef, to be revealed online on April 2. The winner will also be featured in the July 2014 issue of Food & Wine, the same issue that profiles the Best New Chefs. (Nominees for The People’s Best New Chef award are also eligible for the Best New Chef award.)

To learn more about the 100 nominated chefs, visit

Meet the chefs:




Honolulu in running for FOOD & WINE Favorite Food City

January 23rd, 2014

For the first time, FOOD & WINE magazine is inviting the public to vote in the America’s Favorite Food Cities Survey, and Honolulu was chosen by its editors as one of 40 contenders.

Now through April 30, you can vote on which city has the best-looking chefs (Lahaina could be a contender!) the most adventurous eaters, and more.

Results will appear in the September 2014 print issue of FOOD & WINE.

For more information on the survey, follow FOOD & WINE on Twitter and Instagram, and join the conversation with #FWHonolulu.

Vote for Honolulu at

Here are the cities vying for the honors:
1.  Atlanta
2.  Austin
3.  Birmingham
4.  Boston
5.  Charleston
6.  Chicago
7.  Cincinnati
8.  Cleveland
9.  Dallas
10.  Denver
11.  Houston
12.  Honolulu
13.  Indianapolis
14.  Kansas City
15.  Las Vegas
16.  Los Angeles
17.  Louisville
18.  Madison
19.  Memphis
20.  Miami
21.  Milwaukee
22.  Minneapolis
23.  Nashville
24.  New Orleans
25.  New York City
26.  Philadelphia
27.  Phoenix
28.  Pittsburgh
29.  Portland, Maine
30.  Portland, Ore.
31.  Providence
32.  St. Louis
33.  Salt Lake City
34.  San Antonio
35.  San Diego
36.  San Francisco
37.  Santa Fe
38.  Savannah
39.  Seattle
40.  Washington, D.C.

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