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Waimea resident competing in Food Network Star cooking battle

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A Big Island man is vying to be the next "Food Network Star".

Philip Aiona's video entry for Season 8 of the show captured the attention of the show producers.

The 23-year-old Waimea man is competing against 14 others in a fierce cooking battle.

The top prize is a chance to host a show on the Food Network.

Chefs Alton Brown, Bobby Flay, and Giada De Laurentis will choose their team members.

The Hawaii Preparatory Academy graduate survived several rounds of grueling interviews and cooking demonstrations before finally being picked.

"So you're sort of Hawaiian, Italian. Tell me a little bit about yourself", said de Laurentis.

"What I really like to do I call it Euro Pacific cuisine. So I take the European cooking technique and just inject Pacific ingredients very subtly into 'em", said Aiona.

Aiona is the executive chef at his mom's restaurant "Solimene's" in Waimea.

You catch the premiere episode, and cheer for him, on the Food Network May 13 at 6:00 p.m.

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