WASHINGTON D.C. (HawaiiNewsNow) - A Hawaii native brought his culinary expertise to the table and claimed the grand prize on Sunday's episode of the Food Network's "Cutthroat Kitchen."
"When it came to the final round … I felt confident that my sorbet was going to take it," Kaimana Chee said in a phone interview Monday on Hawaii News Now Sunrise. "But stranger things have happened on 'Cutthroat Kitchen,' so you never know until they announce your name."
In the episode "50 Shades of Sorbet," Chee became the first chef to make it through all three rounds without receiving a single sabotage.
"It feels awesome and it feels amazing, and it just goes to show that sharing the aloha and being a good guy, it pays off," Chee said. "It was amazing to hear that I was the first one in the history of the show."
Chee, who owns Kaimana's Katering, grew up in Hauula and Laie and is now a chef working in the Washington, D.C. area. The 38-year-old recently taped the episode of "Cutthroat Kitchen," the fast-paced reality show hosted by Alton Brown. The show invites chefs to show off their culinary talents, adding diabolical twists that force contestants to strategize their wins.
"It was absolutely surreal and amazing and I'm feeling blessed right now," he said. And after winning, it's clear that his schedule will get a lot busier with his catering business taking off, additional cooking classes, travels and more.
Chee, who primarily specializes in flavors from the Pacific Rim, also appeared on the Food Network show "Guy's Grocery Games."