Star-Bulletin Features

Wednesday, October 13, 1999

The making of
a celebrity chef

When to catch your favorite
chef Recipes of the stars

Betty Shimabukuro


GREATNESS in the kitchen is only the half of it. You have to know your stuff and be able to pass it on to audiences in a manner that is personable, likeable, telegenic, charismatic. You have to ooze appeal. Then you can be a superstar TV chef.

Curtis Aikens

Ming Tsai

Ask Rich Gore about this. He is president of Chef Events, a subsidiary of the Food Network, which means he produces food festivals all over creation showcasing the star power of the network's chefs.

One of those events takes place Sunday, featuring TV celebs Ming Tsai, David Rosengarten, Bill Boggs, Curtis Aikens, Sissy Biggers and Michael Green. Local chefs include Sam Choy and George Mavrothalassitis (Chef Mavro's).

Gore promises up-close encounters with the stars. "This isn't rock 'n' roll. The appeal of the chefs is they're accessible. They're real people."

The particulars:

Bullet Cooking Across America, the Hawaii Food Festival: Runs noon to 6 p.m. Sunday at the Hawaii Convention Center. Tickets are $20, available at Foodland stores ($3 discount with Maika'i Card) and through (800) 949-CHEF.

Bullet Flavors of the Islands: This fund-raiser for Kapiolani Community College's Culinary Institute of the Pacific takes place at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Tapa Ballroom. It features dinner prepared by student and faculty chefs and appearances by Food Network celebs Rosengarten and Boggs. Entertainment highlight is the Palaka Challenge, which will pit two teams of local chefs against each other to create the best five-course meal with moi as the main ingredient. Tickets are $125; call 734-9570.

As a warm-up to Sunday's really big show, here are some of Gore's views on culinary starpower:

Bullet Curtis Aikens: He's excellent in live settings. "People really adore him ... his warmth is what drives his personality."

Bullet David Rosengarten: Has a loyal female base, is appealing for his knowledge and "journalistic approach" to food. "He's almost like a professor of food ... he breaks down the barriers of more pretentious food."

Bullet Local chefs who may have what it takes: Glen Chu, Indigo ("appealing, knowledgeable, with a sense of humor"); Alan Wong ("strikes me as shy but he's so talented); Sam Choy ("such a personality, larger than life"); Roy Yamaguchi ("he's a great-looking guy").

Ming Tsai: "I think his appeal lies in his being this hip guy who happens to be Asian. Hipness is a big part of it."

The Food Network
Sissy Biggers hosts "Ready ... Set ... Cook!" on
the Food Network and will bring a localized version
of the show to the Hawaii Food Festival.

Make a date
with a TV chef

"Cooking Across America," the Hawaii edition, is six straight hours of cooking demonstrations and celebrity interaction.

The "Ready ... Set ... Cook" competition will pit chefs from one island against another, with a final cookoff between the two winners.

Another attraction: The Hawaii Convention Center, normally off-limits to us local folk, will be open for the day for this event.

Here's Sunday's lineup:


Bullet Ming Tsai: 1:30, 3, 4:30 p.m.
Bullet Curtis Aikens: 1, 2:30, 4 p.m.
Bullet David Rosengarten: 1, 2:30, 4 p.m.
Bullet Michael Green: Noon, 2:45 p.m.


Bullet George Mavrothalassitis (Chef Mavro): 1:45, 3:15, 4:45 p.m.
Bullet Sam Choy: 1:45, 3:15, 4:45 p.m.
Bullet Gordon Hopkins (Roy's Restaurant): 12:45, 2:15 p.m.
Bullet Wayne Hirabayashi (Kahala Mandarin Oriental): 1:30. 3:30 p.m.


Bullet Maui vs. Big Island: Paul Heerlein, Molokai Ranch Lodge, and Megan Barnes, Four Seasons Hualalai, 2 p.m.
Bullet Oahu vs. Kauai: Wayne Hirabayashi, and David Bouchet, Hyatt Regency Kauai, 3:30 p.m.
Bullet Final Cook-off: Winners of the first two events, 5 p.m.



David Rosengarten

2 rib pork chops, 3/4-inch thick, butterflied
1/4 cup rice-wine vinegar
1 teaspoon each shoyu and sugar
A few drops sesame oil
1 quart peanut or vegetable oil
Flour for dredging
1 jumbo egg, beaten
2 cups panko

Bullet Watercress Salad:
2 cups watercress leaves, loosely packed
1/2 cup minced tomato
1 tablespoon minced scallion
1/4 cup bean sprouts
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon rice wine vinegar
A few drops sesame oil
Coarse salt to taste

Place chops between sheets of wax paper and pound until each is 1/4 inch thick.

Mix vinegar, soy sauce, sugar and sesame oil. Pour over pork chops and refrigerate, turning occasionally, 2 hours.

Heat oil to 365 degrees. Shake marinade off of chops and dredge in flour. Dip in egg, letting excess drip off, then dip in panko. Fry in oil until golden, 3-4 minutes. Remove and drain.

To make salad: Toss ingredients together. Serve over pork chops. Serves 2.

Nutritional information unavailable.

Do It Electric
Click for online
calendars and events.

E-mail to Features Editor

Text Site Directory:
[News] [Business] [Features] [Sports] [Editorial] [Do It Electric!]
[Classified Ads] [Search] [Subscribe] [Info] [Letter to Editor]
[Stylebook] [Feedback]

© 1999 Honolulu Star-Bulletin