Promising Hawaii chefs in spotlight at “Rising Stars Revue” gala in Waikiki

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Chef Sheldon Simeon of Star Noodle - Wailea, HI

The StarChefs Rising Stars Revue, which showcases up-and-coming culinary talent across the country, will hold its first-ever Hawaii gala next week in Waikiki.

The event, set for 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Tues., Dec. 4 at Halekulani, is a walk-around tasting. It will feature dishes from each 2012 Hawaii Rising Star Award recipient, as well as wine pairings, mixologist-inspired drinks, and entertainment. For more information about the StarChefs Rising Stars Revue Waikiki event, click here.

In a news release issued by, an online magazine tailored for culinary insiders, managing editor Will Blunt said: “Hawaii is about creativity and custom.” Blunt added, “From island to island, chefs are balancing sophisticated, modern innovations with an underlying celebration of local food culture.”Hawaii_Oahu_Waikiki_chefs_cuisine

More than 50 Hawaiian candidates were considered through in-person tastings and interviews with an editorial team representing

The 2012 Hawaii Rising Stars Award Winners are:

CHEFS — Christopher Kulis, Capische? (Maui). Featured dish: Australian Beef Carpaccio, Horseradish Aïoli, Radish, Lemon Oil, Fried Capers, and Parmigiano-Reggiano. Andrew Le, The Pig and the Lady (Oahu). Featured dish: Pho with Betelnut Leaf-wrapped Pork Sausages. Cameron Lewark, Spago (Maui). Featured dish: Onaga Ceviche, Green Papaya Salad, Kaffir Lime, Coconut, and Passionfruit Flower. Nick Mastrascusa, Beach Tree (Big Island). Featured dish: Gnocchi with Oxtail Ragout. Wade Ueoka, Alan Wong’s (Oahu). Featured dish: Oxtail “Soup”: Oxtail and Corned Beef Roulade, Boiled Peanuts, and Shiitake Mushrooms. Jojo Vasquez, The Plantation House Restaurant (Maui). Featured dish: Australian Lamb Rack, Eggplant Purée, and Chickpea Cake.


PASTRY CHEFS — Michelle Karr-Ueoka, Alan Wong’s (Oahu).
Featured dish: Lilikoi Brûlée. Elizabeth McDonald, Honu Seafood & Pizza (Maui). Featured dish: Vegan Chocolate Mousse Cake.
SUSTAINABILITY CHEF — Quinten Frye, Salt Kitchen & Tasting Bar (Oahu); Featured dish: Octopus, Chorizo, Olives, Potatoes, Compressed Grape Tomatoes, Almonds, and Kahuku Corn Purée
ARTISAN — Doug Kocol, Salt Kitchen & Tasting Bar (Oahu). Featured dish: Pork Rillette and Soppressata.
CONCEPT CHEF — Sheldon Simeon (pictured, top of page), Star Noodle (Maui). Featured dish: Hapa Ramen: Roast Pork, Poached Egg, Bamboo Shoots, Kamaboko, Bok Choi, Mayu, and Spicy Miso (pictured, above).


COMMUNITY CHEF — Mark Noguchi (pictured, above), Pili Hawaii Catering (Oahu). Featured dish: Ho’i’o Fiddlehead Ferns, Dried Cuttlefish, Kombu, Octopus, and Tomatoes (pictured, left).
RESTAURATEUR — Ed Kenney, Town, Uptown Events (Oahu). Featured dish: Cervena Venison Pipikaula with Bud Bucket Ice.
MIXOLOGIST — David Newman, Pint + Jigger (Oahu). Featured cocktail: The Whiskey Thatcher: Rye, Mint, Lime, and Flamed Pernod Rinse.
The event’s host, Vikram Garg, Halekulani (Oahu), will also serve up a featured dish: Sumac-marinated Australian Lamb Chop and Chickpea-Tahini Purée.

Host sommelier Kevin Tomaya, Halekulani (Oahu), will tend to beverage pairings with winner’s dishes. Also, serving as featured guest chef: Chai Chaowasaree, Chai’s Island Bistro.

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