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Hawaii Food & Wine Festival: The chefs

More than 30 chefs from around the world will be showcasing their culinary skills this week

Posted September 4, 2012 by Ed Morita

More than 30 chefs from around the world will be showcasing their culinary skills this week, as the Hawaii Food & Wine Festival gets underway Sept. 6-9.

Here’s a preview of a few of the amazing chefs who will be sharing their cuisine.

To find out more about the chefs, farmer and event, visit


Roy Choi (1 of 12)

Roy Choi

Hawaii's vibrant food truck scene probably wouldn't be what it is if not for Roy Choi, regarded as the godfather of the food truck movement.

Choi — the founder of Kogi BBQ, the Los Angeles food truck that earned global fame for its Korean tacos — will be among the chefs kicking things off Thursday evening at Enter the MODERN Dragon: Morimoto & Friends, at The MODERN.

Choi also will be serving his famous tacos Friday night at the "Streets of Fire" after-party at M nightclub.


About Ed Morita

Ed Morita spent more than a decade working as a pastry chef at some of the country's premiere resorts and restaurants, including the Halekulani Hotel, The Greenbrier Resort & Spa in West Virginia, Bay Harbor Yacht Club in Michigan and Longhi’s Restaurant in Honolulu. After a near-career-ending injury forced him out of the kitchen, he embarked on a new career as a food writer, photographer and blogger for Metromix Honolulu and Nonstop Honolulu (, where he now writes the Baker's Hours blog. He's also entered the realm of politics, serving as the photography captain for the Abercrombie for Governor campaign in 2010, then becoming Gov. Abercrombie's official photographer until 2012 when he became the Social Media Director for the Mazie Hirono for U.S. Senate campaign. He's excited and honored to be the official blogger for the 2012 Hawaii Food & Wine Festival. You can follow Ed's adventures online at

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