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Hawaii chefs need votes for Food & Wine honor

March 25th, 2014
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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 foodandwine.com/the-peoples-bnc 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 foodandwine.com/the-peoples-bnc.

Meet the chefs:

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Honolulu in running for FOOD & WINE Favorite Food City

January 23rd, 2014
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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 http://www.foodandwine.com/articles/americas-favorite-food-cities

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.

Food Network seeks Hawaii outsider

November 20th, 2013
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food logoThe Food Network is casting for a show about new restaurant owners and is looking for people who are moving or have moved from the contiguous 48 states to Hawaii, and have recently purchased or leased a restaurant or a building that you are going to transform into a restaurant.

The episode will be part of a new tropical TV series.

If you feel you fit the criteria, plan to open a restaurant within the next six weeks or so, and want to participate, they are requesting that you send your information ASAP.

Filming begins in January 2014!

To apply: send your phone number, email, city of residence and location of restaurant, along with photos of the restaurant and you and your family, or you and your business partner to: RestaurantBuyersWanted@gmail.com

'Ilima celebrates Oahu's top restaurants

October 18th, 2013
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Arancino at the Kahala's executive chef Daisuke Hamamoto, with company vice-president Aya Inamura, added one of the more creative touches at the event. His beef topped with truffled mashed potatoes, was topped off with a pipette full of gorgonzola cream sauce. Diners didn't know whether to squeeze it onto the dish or directly into their mouths. There was enough sauce to try both, leaving many to suggest later that when there's no time to sit down for a meal, we should have more squeezable to-go options. It was a Willie Wonka moment.Photos by Nadine Kam

Every year the Honolulu Star-Advertiser and Diamond Head Theatre team up for an evening of song, dance and culinary adventures through the 'Ilima Awards, celebrating Oahu's top restaurants, high, low and in between.

Just as good as the feast following the stage performances, is seeing the chefs in the spotlight, some of them goaded to find their inner Timberlake or Beyoncé in matching the likes of Broadway star Loretta Ables Sayre's often suggestive moves in song-and-dance routines honoring each of the award-winning restaurants and their specialties.

Chefs wise to these maneuvers are likely to send up another representative from their kitchens, but the non-shy, like Chuck Furuya (representing Vino) and Ed Kenney (Town), showed that they do have backup careers should they ever tire of the restaurant biz.

Here are a few photos from the event that took place Oct. 14. More beautiful photos from Kat Wade are at HonoluluPulse.com/2013/10/pics-2013-ilima-awards/

Or click to see the 'Ilima Guide.

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HASR Bistro's Rodney Uyehara, with owner Terry Kakazu, cooked up boneless braised shortribs with pesto-crusted bone marrow, served over Hamakua mushroom risotto, below.

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Students representing Leeward Community College's Pearl restaurant offered Asian pork belly and beans, the beans being soy beans with tomato concassé, served in a crispy wonton cup.

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Chef Mavro's George Mavrothalassitis chose to put the spotlight on pastry chef Elizabeth Dippong, who came up with the Star-Advertiser table's favorite dessert of Madre chocolate cremeux with black sesame seed caramelized rice, orange meringue and butterscotch crisp, below. Also pictured, from center, are sous chef Kevin Hirahara, business manager Jo-Ann Uchimura, and sommelier Doug Johnson.

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Open Table to acquire Foodspotting

January 29th, 2013
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Due to some interest on Twitter, I'm posting the entire release about Open Table's pending acquisition of one of my favorite food social media sites, Foodspotting.

I didn't like the site's redesign, which complicated what started as streamlined and easy. Who knows what this new partnership will bring, but this is the company's rationale:

  1. "SAN FRANCISCO – January 29, 2013 – OpenTable, Inc. (NASDAQ: OPEN), a leading provider of free, real-time online restaurant reservations for diners and reservation and guest management solutions for restaurants, today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Foodspotting, an app for finding and sharing great dishes at restaurants, for approximately $10 million in cash pursuant to a stock purchase agreement. The completion of the acquisition is subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions.“We’re proud to welcome the talented Foodspotting team to the OpenTable family,” said Matt Roberts, Chief Executive Officer of OpenTable.   “The Foodspotting team is as passionate about dining as we are, and we’re looking forward to leveraging their unique expertise in the areas of imagery and social sharing to enrich the OpenTable experience for diners and restaurants in new and exciting ways. By adding more visually compelling content to help people decide where to dine and discover dishes they’ll love, we hope to make it even easier to find the perfect table for any occasion.” (more…)