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The Island Style Cook-Off

The Island Style Cook-Off: Event Finale

  • Chef Mark Gold and Chef Neal Fraser make it to the final round of The Island Style Cook-Off presented by Los Angeles magazine and The Hawaiian Islands

  • The judges of The Island Style Cook-Off: Chef Roy Yamaguchi of Roy’s, Chef Ed Kenney of Town Kaimuki, Westfield Century City Marketing Director Karla Villatoro and Dine Editor Lesley Bargar Suter

  • Aloha! Guests received leis as a welcome to the event

  • Los Angeles magazine converted The Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows into a Hawaii getaway

  • FIG Restaurant roasted a whole pig to make into pork tacos

  • Chef Ray Garcia of FIG Restaurant demonstrates how to make pork tacos

  • Attendees watch Chef Ray demonstrate his culinary skills

  • Guests enjoyed tropical drinks like the Pineapple Mosquito created by FIG Restaurant

  • Guests excited to escape Los Angeles for a night in Hawaii

  • The Hawaiian pupu dish that qualified Chef Neal Fraser for the Cook-Off

  • Guests munched on snacks shipped directly from Hawaii including Mauna Loa macadamia nuts, Hawaiian Chip Company taro chips, Waialua Estate dark chocolate and Kauai Kookies

  • A couple happy to be at The Island Style Cook-Off

  • Hawaiian Springs Water kept guests hydrated throughout the evening

  • Pork Tacos created by Chef Ray Garcia

  • Guests sipped on local island beers brewed by Kona Brewing Co. including Wailua Wheat and Longboard Island Lager

  • Chef Roy discuss the importance of food and the “aloha” spirit that distinguishes Roy’s Restaurant dining experience

  • Chef Neal Fraser of BLD and Grace and Chef Mark Gold of Eva Restaurant battle it out at The Island Style Cook-Off hosted by Leo Quinones

  • Chef Mark Gold shapes his rice for his roasted foie gras with sushi rice pupu dish

  • The judges sample Chef Neal’s spam banh mi

  • Chef Mark Gold is crowned the Master Island Chef and won a Hawaii getaway for two including airfare, hotel accommodations, tickets to the inaugural Hawaii Food & Wine Festival from Mauka to Makai: Hawaii’s Sustainable Future dinner on October 1


Photographs by ©Chris Schmitt Photography