KHON2 ‘Search Hawaii’ co-host wins Maui Chef of the Year award

Mike Lofaro, left, and Kainoa Horcajo, hosts of KHON2's "Search Hawai'i: Where Food Meets Culture"

Maui has a new top chef and he has a connection to KHON2.

The Grand Wailea’s Mike Lofaro, who is also co-host of “Search Hawaii: Where Food Meets Culture,” won Chef of the Year at “Maui No Ka Oi” magazine’s Aipono awards gala Sunday night.

The title is decided by Maui chefs.

Lofaro also received the award for most innovative menu, which you’ll find at the hotel’s Humuhumunukunukuapua’a restaurant. He also won a silver award for Best Pacific Rim Cuisine as voted by magazine readers.

“Search Hawaii” airs during the summer at 9 p.m. on Saturdays. Lofaro and cultural ambassador Kainoa Horcajo search for ingredients for a dinner based on the Hawaiian moon calendar.

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