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August 1, 2018

Hawaii Food & Wine Festival Calls on Aspiring Chefs to Enter Localicious Recipe Contest

Kids who like to get creative in the kitchen have a chance to show off their skills this fall in the Hawai‘i Food & Wine Festival’s annual Localicious Recipe Contest, presented by Hawaii Gas.

The contest is open to students in grades 4 to 8, and 9 to 12, and the recipe submission period is Aug. 1 to Sept. 21, 2018. Recipes need to be healthy, simple and use local ingredients. The young chefs of the best six recipes will prepare their dish live at the festival’s popular Keiki in the Kitchen® event at the Hawai‘i Convention Center on Oct. 28.

The six recipes—three from each group—will be selected by a panel of celebrity chefs who are looking for original creations that are nutritious and use locally grown, caught or raised ingredients. Previous submissions have been impressive, with last year’s finalists creating macademia nut-crusted mahi mahi with pesto sauce, Cam’s Ono Delight stuffed peppers, and mini quiches for the 4th- to 8th-grade group; and garlic-crusted seared ahi, Okinawan sweet potato shepard’s pie, and fried akule in tomato sauce for the 9th- to 12th-grade group.

The creators of the three selected recipes will then be invited to take the stage on the rooftop of the Hawai‘i Convention Center on Oct. 28, when they will cook live in front of five judges:

• Chef Nyesha Arrington, Native, Los Angeles
• Shamus Alwyn, Royal Hawaiian Hotel, Honolulu
• Rory Herrmann, who has worked at such famed restaurants as Blue Hill and Per Se
• Milo Fleming, 2017 Top Chef Junior finalist
• Sophia Stark, 2015 Keiki in the Kitchen cooking contest winner and MasterChef Junior contestant

WHAT: HMAA Presents Keiki in the Kitchen® Family SundayWHEN: Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018
WHERE: Hawai‘i Convention Center rooftop
COST: $5, tickets available online at www.hfwf.me
The cooking challenge is a highlight of the festival’s family-focused event, HMAA Presents Keiki in the Kitchen® Family Sunday on Oct. 28, 2018. The action-packed day features Duff Goldman, star of the Food Network’s Ace of Cakes.

“The way these up-and-coming young chefs use local ingredients is so impressive,” says HFWF co-chairman Alan Wong. “They are part of a generation that is growing up watching shows such as Top Chef Junior, Master Chef Junior, and Chopped Junior. There are so many platforms these days that encourage youth to develop culinary skills.”

The winner in the Grade 4-8 category receives a two-night stay at Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa. The Grade 9-12 champion wins a two-night stay at Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa, along with a $500 cash scholarship.

LOTS OF ACTIVITIES AND ENTERTAINMENT
The recipe contest is just one of many activities planned for Family Sunday at the Eighth annual Hawai‘i Food & Wine Festival. Also in store is:

• Cookie decorating with Duff Goldman: The Ace of Cakes star will lead the first 750 children who arrive at the event through a Halloween-cookie decorating session.
• Special appearance by Ethan Wacker, star of Disney Channel's Bizaardvark.

• Food by Hawai‘i Agricultural Foundation’s Localicious restaurants; the Localicious program promotes the use of local ingredients.

• Photos and autographs with chefs: Kids can have their photograph taken with world-famous chefs in a photo booth.

• Keiki cooking classes

• Queen’s Health Systems Fitness Chef Challenge

• Grown in Ho‘opili presents Hawaii-Made Marketplace for Kids by Kids

• Hawaii Convention Center presents the free screening of The Nut Job 2, as part of its Sunset Mele series

To learn more about Keiki in the Kitchen®, the Localicious recipe contest, or HFWF18, visit www.HawaiiFoodandWineFestival.com.

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