2014 Hawaii Food & Wine Festival to feature 80+ renowned chefs, personalities

The upcoming fourth annual Hawaii Food & Wine Festival will be the biggest yet, organizers promise, with a roster that features more than 80 internationally renowned chefs and culinary personalities from Hawaii, U.S. mainland and around the globe, including four Iron Chefs and 22 James Beard Award winners.

The festival, which takes place August 29-September 7 on Oahu, Maui and Hawaii island, is expected to draw more than 8,000 attendees over the course of five days.

Gov. Neil Abercrombie kicked off ticket sales Tuesday at the State Capitol and proclaimed that week Hawaii Food & Wine Festival Week.

“The Hawaii Food & Wine Festival brings together interests in tourism, agriculture, education, culinary arts, culture and sustainability to promote the Aloha State as a culinary destination and create new opportunities to build relationships extending beyond Hawaii’s shores,” said Gov. Abercrombie. “Dishes and selections highlight the islands’ bounty of produce and creativity, supporting local restaurants and farmers while adding value to the overall experience, attracting loyal visitors back to Hawaii year after year.”

Each participating chef will showcase their culinary talents and offer dishes inspired by locally sourced produce, seafood, beef and poultry to promote the festival’s theme of “Taste our Love for the Land” and the return of sustainability to Hawaii.

“(Hawaii Regional Cuisine) had a profound effect on the industry, and through the (Hawaii Food & Wine Festival), we are now able to share the diversity of our bounty with internationally-acclaimed chefs from around the world,” said Alan Wong, festival co-chair and chef.

The festival also provides more than $700,000 in net proceeds to beneficiaries, including the Hawaii Agriculture Foundation, the Culinary Institute of the Pacific, Leeward Community College Culinary Program, Paepae o He’eia, Papahana Kuaola, Hawaii Culinary Education Foundation, Hawaii Seafood Council, Maui Culinary Academy and the Maui County Farm Bureau.

Tickets are available online for the following events:

Friday, August 29, 2014
Aloha Aina, Aloha Kai – Love of the Land, Love of the Sea
At the Waikoloa Beach Resort, featuring Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort and Hilton Waikoloa Village – Waikoloa, Hawaii
6-10 p.m.
Ticket Price: $250/VIP $500

The Festival launches its 2014 events on Hawaii Island, the largest island in the Hawaiian archipelago, which is abundant with fertile agricultural lands that produce local beef, seafood and produce. The exclusive six-course gala will be held on the volcanic grounds of the Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort featuring products grown on Hawaii Island.

Featured chefs include:

  • Charles Charbonneau, Hilton Waikoloa Village – Waikoloa, HI
  • Jayson Kanekoa, Waikoloa Beach Marriott – Waikoloa, HI
  • Jenn Louis, Lincoln Restaurant – Portland, OR
  • Marcel Vigneron, Modern Global Tasting, Inc. – Los Angeles, CA
  • Mark Pomaski, Full Moon Cafe – Hilo, HI
  • Sheldon Simeon, MiGRANT Maui – Wailea, HI
  • Sherry Yard, Helms Bakery – Los Angeles, CA

Sunday, August 31, 2014
Kaanapali Kitchen Stadium Under a Maui Moon
At the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa – Kaanapali, Maui
6-10 p.m.
Ticket Price: $250/VIP $500

Take a first row seat at the beach-front Kitchen Stadium as master chefs prepare a six course menu under the Maui moonlight at the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa’s open-air Napili Gardens.

Featured chefs include:

  • Bev Gannon, Bev Gannon Restaurants – Wailea, HI
  • Floyd Cardoz – New York, NY
  • Gregory Grohowski, Hyatt Regency Maui – Kā’anapali, HI
  • Isaac Bancaco, Andaz Maui – Wailea, HI
  • Ming Tsai, Blue Ginger – Wellesley, MA
  • Mourad Lahlou, Aziza – San Francisco, CA

Thursday, September 4, 2014
A Lucky MODERN Buddha Belly
At The Modern Honolulu – Honolulu, Oahu
6-9 p.m.
Ticket Price: $200/VIP $300

The first event held on Oahu, A Lucky MODERN Buddha Belly puts a spotlight on Hawaii’s unique location as a culinary hub of the Pacific where East meets West. Fourteen esteemed international chefs showcase dishes inspired by the Lucky Buddha who is known for happiness, plenitude, and wisdom of contentment.

Featured chefs include:

  • Andy Ricker, PokPok – Portland, OR
  • Byung Jin Kim, BICENA – Seoul, Korea
  • Charles Phan, The Slanted Door – San Francisco, CA
  • Chris Kajioka, Vintage Cave – Honolulu, HI
  • Masaharu Morimoto, Morimoto Waikiki – Honolulu, HI
  • Michael Ginor, Hudson Valley Foie Gras – New York, NY
  • Michael Meredith, Meredith’s Restaurant – Auckland, New Zealand
  • Michelle Karr-Ueoka, MW Restaurant – Honolulu, HI
  • Nancy Oakes, Boulevard – San Francisco, CA
  • Nancy Silverton, Mozza – Los Angeles, CA
  • Peng Yu, Beijing Fangshan Resaturant – Beijing, China
  • Philip Johnson, e’cco Bistro – Brisbane, Australia
  • Scott Toner, The Modern Honolulu – Honolulu, HI
  • Tom Douglas, Tom Douglas Restaurants – Seattle, WA

Friday, September 5, 2014
Fourth Annual Halekulani Master Chefs Gala Series: Chefs Who Cook to Compete
At Halekulani – Honolulu, O’ahu
6-10 p.m.
Ticket Price: $1,000

The Fourth Annual Halekulani Master Chefs Gala Series: Chefs Who Cook to Compete will feature some of the most competitive chefs in the world plating up a lavish six-course dining experience. These master chefs are familiar with competition and will “wow” guests with an evening of elegant fine dining and extraordinary wine pairings.

Featured chefs include:

  • Hiroyuki Sakai, La Rochelle – Tokyo, Japan
  • Johnny Iuzzini, Sugar Fueled Inc. – New York, NY
  • Jose Garces, Garces Group – Philadelphia, PA
  • Michelle Bernstein, Michy’s – Miami, FL
  • Richard Rosendale, Rosendale Group – White Sulphur Springs, WV
  • Vikram Garg, Halekulani – Honolulu, HI

Saturday, September 6, 2014
Hawaiian Airlines Presents Corks and Forks
At Hawaii Convention Center – Honolulu, Oahu
6-9 p.m.
Ticket Price: $225/VIP $500

This event pairs 20 of the most world-renowned celebrity chefs with 20 top-tier vintners and winemakers for a unforgettable grand tasting of finely crafted dishes to be paired with top of the barrel, reserve wines from Napa Valley on the rooftop of the Hawaii Convention Center.

Featured chefs include:

  • Alan Wong, Alan Wong’s – Honolulu, HI
  • Celestino Drago, Drago Restaurant Group – Los Angeles, CA
  • Chai Chaowasaree, Chef Chai – Honolulu, HI
  • Christina Tosi, Momofuku Milk Bar – New York, NY
  • Ed Kenney, TOWN – Honolulu, HI
  • Gary Matsumoto, Hawaii Convention Center – Honolulu, HI
  • George Mavrothalassitis, Chef Mavro – Honolulu, HI
  • Grant MacPherson, Scotch Myst – Las Vegas, NV
  • Hubert Keller, Fleur de Lys – San Francisco, CA
  • Johan Svensson, BLT Steakhouse – Honolulu, HI
  • Jonathan Waxman, Barbuto – New York, NY
  • Josh Welch, OnoPops – Honolulu, HI
  • Keoni Chang, Foodland Super Markets, Ltd. – Honolulu, HI
  • Mark Freischmidt, Halekulani – Honolulu, HI
  • Michael Voltaggio, ink. – Los Angeles, CA
  • Ming Tsai, Blue Ginger – Wellesley, MA
  • Nobu Matsuhisa, Nobu Waikiki – Honolulu, HI
  • Tetsuya Wakuda, Tetsuya – Sydney, Australia
  • Tushar Dubey, Hokulani Bakery – Honolulu, HI
  • Yuji Wakiya, Wakiya – Tokyo, Japan

Sunday, September 7, 2014
Battle of the Brunch Showdown
At Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort & Spa – Honolulu, Oahu
11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Ticket Price: $95

Three female master chefs will be paired with three of their male counterparts to cook up some of the most creative, delightful and tasty breakfast-lunch dishes for a battle of the brunch on the rooftop of the Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort & Spa. Guests will be asked to judge each dish and determine the winning duo in the first Battle of the Brunch.

Featured chefs include:

  • Jackie Lau, Roy’s Hawaii – Honolulu, HI
  • Lee Anne Wong, Koko Head Café – Honolulu, HI
  • Michelle Bernstein, Michy’s – Miami, FL
  • Sven Ullrich, Hyatt Regency Waikiki – Honolulu, HI
  • Johnny Iuzzini, Sugar Fueled Inc. – New York, NY
  • Jose Garces, Garces Group – Philadelphia, PA

It’s a Food World After All
At Ko Olina Resort featuring Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa and JW Marriott Ihilani Resort & Spa – Ko Olina, Oahu
6-9 p.m.
Ticket Price: $200/VIP $500

The finale event takes place on the beach as the sun sets along O’ahu’s western shore. Sixteen celebrity chefs will prove that the easiest way to win most hearts and minds is through the stomach as they showcase their talents connecting the world through food and culture.

Featured chefs include:

  • Andrew Sutton, Napa Rose – Anaheim, CA
  • Art Smith, Table fifty-two – Chicago, IL
  • Cat Cora, Cat Cora Inc. – Los Angeles, CA
  • Dean Fearing, Fearing’s – Dallas TX
  • Eric Ziebold, CityZen – Washington, DC
  • Jason Fox, Commonwealth – San Francisco, CA
  • Jason Kina, JW Marriott Ihilani – Ko Olina, HI
  • Josiah Citrin, Mélisse – Santa Monica, CA
  • Kevin Chong, ‘AMA’AMA – Ko Olina, HI
  • Mark Noguchi, LUNCHBOX – Honolulu, HI
  • Naomi Pomeroy, Beast Restaurant – Portland, OR
  • Raphael Lunetta, JiRaffe – Santa Monica, CA
  • Sang Yoon, Lukshon – Los Angeles, CA
  • Stephen Durfee, Culinary Institure of America – St. Helena, CA
  • Toshi Yoroizuka, Toshi Yoroizuka – Tokyo, Japan
  • Vivian Wu, Alan Wong’s – Honolulu, HI

Related Link: Hawaii Food & Wine Festival website

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