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Local chef competes on Food Network's "Cutthroat Kitchen"

His spirit and energy are the first thing you notice about Kaimana Chee. The local boy grew up in Hauula and Laie before graduating from Kahuku High in 1995. He is now a chef working in the Washington D.C. area and just finished taping and competing in the Food Network's "Cutthroat Kitchen." The fast-paced show invites chefs to show off their culinary talents, but adds in some diabolical twists so that contestants are forced to strategize in order to win. Kaimana's entire family, including eight brothers and sisters, intend to watch every minute. 

Kaimana is not allowed to talk about what happens in the upcoming show, but he did stop by Sunrise to bake up some delicious mac nut sweetbread with ume caramel sauce. The recipe is below.

You can watch his episode on January 10, 2016 at 9:00 p.m. on the Food Network.

Mac nut sweetbread with Ume caramel sauce:

3 eggs
2 c milk
1 c sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp cinnamon

Mix all ingredients well

6 kings sweet bread rolls broken into sized pieces

Spray muffin pan with cooking spray
Distribute bread throughout muffin compartments
Pour custard mixture over bread

Bake at 350 for 15 to 20 minutes


1 block butter
1 c brown sugar
3/4 c heavy cream
1 tbsp minced ume

Melt butter on medium heat in sauce pot
Add brown sugar and stir till sugar melts
Add cream stirring constantly
Fold in ume 

Drizzle over bread pudding and serve

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