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Chef Roy wants to show folks what Hawaii puts on the plate


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POSTED: Saturday, December 12, 2009

Roy Yamaguchi says he is a part of Melanie Kosaka's “;Share Your Table”; because he wants to “;show people what we have in Hawaii.”; The chef, who has 33 Roy's restaurants, was filmed at Sub Zero/Wolf Hawaii Sunday as he gave a cooking lesson to Roxane Uyehara, who won a contest on the ShareYourTable.com site, and a cooking demonstration. Assisting Roy were three of his key people, Jackie Lau, Jason Ichiki and Shawn Motoda. SubZero's Jean Nakanishi, Jean Myers and Kurt Hargens helped make things work. Hawaii-Aloha.com streamed video live from the event worldwide. Melanie produced “;Hawaii Cooks with Roy Yamaguchi”; for PBS nationally. She said her Share Your Table site is where “;food lovers can share and learn everything they want to know about hawaii's agricultural abundance, where to buy and eat, and how to interpret it in your own home.”; Besides Roy, Alan Wong, Bev Gannon and DK Kodama are other chefs who give video cooking classes. Wine expert Chuck Furuya is also on the team …

; … GRINDING ON: Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto was at Doraku Sushi last week. He introduced his new-style miso soup at the eatery. Morimoto is the third Japanese Iron Chef on the Japan TV cooking show and an Iron Chef on the spinoff Iron Chef America …  Melveen Leed, Rodney Cazimero, Kimo Kahoano and Tito Berinobis will perform in a Christmas luncheon and concert Sunday Dec. 20, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., in the Pacific Beach Hotel's mauka grand ballroom. Call Carmen Malunao at 381-3585 for $55 tickets …

… The Halekulani has a group of former beauty queens singing or dancing hula in the House Without a Key Friday, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. They are: Kanoe Miller, Debbie Nakanelua-Richards, Bev Noa, Nicole Fox, Brook Lee, Radasha Hoohuli and Pat Anderson. Nina Kealiiwahamana will provide vocals for Bev. The trio Paahana will back the performers. Emcee is Kimo Kahoano. Erika Kauffman, a former Miss Hawaii, organized the fine lineup …

… SWEET DIGS: The Halekulani invited a large crowd to view its three $7,000-a-night suites Tuesday eve. Guests sipped wines and enjoyed snacks as they as they looked over the new Orchid suite and the Royal and Vera Wang suites. All have marvelous views. “;This the first time all three suites have been shown together,”; said Halekulani Corp. Chief Operating Officer Peter Shaindlin. “;We wanted to introduce the premier suites to the community.”; Being a music lover, he is quite proud of the $250,000 Steinway and Lyngdorf entertainment lounge with its fab sound in the Orchid suite. Peter is board chair of the financially strapped Honolulu Symphony. “;There is a very good chance it will survive,”; he said Tuesday. Peter is well suited to head the symphony board. He was a musicians union member at 17, played trumpet in New York clubs, and for the Les and Larry Elgert band. That means he can really play, and he still does. Being a trumpet player in school bands, one of these days I'm gonna have to listen to Peter blow his horn …

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Ben Wood, who sold the Star-Bulletin on Honolulu streets in World War II, writes of people, places and things Saturdays. E-mail him at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).