Tag: 2012

Q&A: Michel Richard

Born in Brittany and raised in Champagne, Michel Richard knew he wanted to be a chef when he first saw a restaurant kitchen — at age eight. He started as a pastry chef, working in Gaston Lenorm’s esteemed pastry shop and running his own bakery in Los Angeles. Ten years later, he opened Michel Richard, then Citrus, to immediate acclaim. He’s won awards, written books and won’t buy unsustainable fish, period.

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Q&A: Alan Wong

Alan Wong owes his life to the movie “PT 109.” This 1963 biographical film about President John F. Kennedy’s war time experiences of captaining a PT boat that was sunk by a Japanese destroyer during World War II was the first thing that came to his mind when the fishing boat he was on capsized in the waters off the Waianae Coast. Here’s more you didn’t know about this James Beard Award-winning chef.

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Q&A: Roy Choi

Think Korean tacos from a food truck, and you’ll think of Roy Choi. Though he’s best known the social media food phenomena that is Kogi BBQ, Choi, who operates three other restaurants in the L.A. area, is a bad ass in the culinary world, with strong opinions about food and no fear of sharing them.

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Q&A: Josiah Citrin

Josiah Citrin was 13 when he went on his first surf trip — to Oahu. Now, the passionate chef/owner of the highly acclaimed Melisse Restaurant in Santa Monica, Calif. visits the Islands often, and usually with his surfboard. Just this year Citrin recently opened Sure Thing Burger in Lahaina with partner Scott Picard. Looks Iike he’ll be coming here even more often.

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Sustainability for the Future

The Hawaii Food & Wine Festival addresses this issue by focusing on the local farmers, ranchers and food producers to get consumers to take notice — and action. This has been the mission of renowned chef and culinary pioneer Roy Yamaguchi, who is behind this restaurant concept, showcasing his commitment to using fresh, local ingredients in his dishes, from hearty salads to hefty burgers.

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