Honolulu (KHON2) – The Hawaii Food and Wine Festival invites students to submit their best dishes for the next generation of chefs to the Hawai’i Gas Presents Localicious® Recipe Contest.
2015 became judge in 2021 Sophia Stark won with Crispy Panko Aubergine with Spinach Salad, a variant of a classic dish for her family, Aubergine-Parmesan.
Sophia came to Living808 to talk about the experience. “The experience was certainly unforgettable,” says Sophia. “It helped me spark my passion for the culinary arts and created many unique opportunities.”
The competition led to other opportunities. “In March 2018, I appeared as a candidate in the sixth season of FOX’s MasterChef Junior,” added Sophia. “The cooking experience I gained with Gordon Ramsay and the fellow judges has been invaluable. When I won the recipe competition in 2015, I was already equipped with culinary knowledge and a competitive mindset. I was just twelve years old when filming for MasterChef Junior started and I’m proud of how much I’ve grown as a chef and as a person. “
The recipe competition is aimed at students in grades 4 to 12 (2 age categories: 4-8 and 9-12). Each student must use at least one locally grown, caught, or reared product in their dish. Recipes should have a history, contain healthy ingredients, be relatively easy and affordable to make. And of course they have to be delicious!
The top three finalists in each age category will be selected to compete in a live cook on October 30, 2021 and their original, healthy dishes will be presented to celebrity chef and HFWF co-chair Alan Wong, 2015 winner, Sophia Stark and President and CEO of Hawaii to present, “I gas, Alicia Moy.
Grades 4-8 finalists will receive a $ 100-300 culinary kit, while grades 9-12 finalists will receive grants of $ 100-300.
The closing date for the recipe competition is September 30th. Entry forms, official rules and other information can be found online.