Monday, September 13, 2010

Hawaii Rice Festival

The inaugural Hawaii Rice Festival celebrated the islands' favorite staple with food, music, dancing and more food, especially rice, on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010. Rice, rice baby. There, it had to be said, so I did.

I arrived in time to enjoy an ukulele jam followed by the "Riceipe" Cooking Competition. Five local chefs competed Iron Chef-style using the not-so-secret ingredient: rice.

Riceipe competitors Hazama and Naula by Honolulu Mark
(Above, l. to r.) Chefs Colin Hazama, Kauai Grill, and Matthew Naula, RumFire, were aswirling along with chefs Robert Denis, Don Ho's Island Grill, Hideaki Santa Miyoshi, Tokuri-Tei, and Kendall Uyehara, HMSHost.

Ed Morita and Nadine Kam by Honolulu Mark
The judges included Melissa Chang and Ed Morita from Nonstop Honolulu, and Nadine Kam from the Star-Advertiser. (Above, l. to r.) Riceipe judges Morita and Kam used both cameras and forks to digest their findings.

Hideaki Miyoshi risotto Tokuri Tei by Honolulu Mark
The winning dish: a seafood risotto by Hideaki "Santa" Miyoshi.

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