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Kids' cooking competition heats up

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The two winners from the Hawaiii Food and Wine Festival keiki cooking competition appeared on Sunrise to show off their culinary skills. Sophia Stark created a crispy panko eggplant with spinach salad. Hunter Gentry made a local shrimp and vegetable won ton. Here is some information on how to participate from the organizers:

The Hawaii Food & Wine Festival (HFWF) is on the hunt for the best recipes by keiki chefs. Children ages 8-17 are invited to submit a recipe by the September 30 deadline for the Hawaii Gas Presents Healthy Lunchtime Challenge for Keiki.

The contest encourages young chefs to create an original dish that features a local ingredient. The top three finalists in two age divisions (kids & teenagers) will prepare and present their dish to HFWF celebrity guest judges at the 'HMAA presents Keiki in the Kitchen’ event on Saturday, October 29, 2016. The grand prize is a trip to Disneyland worth nearly $7,000 including airfare for two, two nights at the Disneyland Hotel, and four 2-day park hopper tickets.

The cooking challenge is a highlight of the festival’s only family-focused event. “It was important for us to have an event for children at the Hawaii Food & Wine Festival” says HFWF Chief Executive Officer Denise Yamaguchi. “It’s amazing to see what the next generation comes ups with in a fun live cooking competition that showcases local ingredients.”

This year, Keiki in the Kitchen will debut at a new venue with more activities and free admission. The event moves to Ko Olina Resort with new attractions including “The Best of Eat the Street” food trucks, keiki cooking classes, activities, Hawai‘i Made marketplace and more.

The Hawaii Food & Wine Festival is the premier epicurean destination event in the Pacific. The Festival features a roster of more than 100 internationally renowned master chefs, culinary personalities, and wine and spirit producers. Co-founded by two of Hawaii’s own James Beard Award-winning chefs, Roy Yamaguchi and Alan Wong, the Festival will showcase wine tastings, cooking demonstrations, one-of-a-kind excursions, and exclusive dining opportunities with dishes highlighting the state’s bounty of local produce, seafood, beef and poultry. Proceeds support local beneficiaries committed to sustainability and cultural and educational programs in Hawaii. 

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