Taste Awards


June 14, 2014 
Pomaika`i Ballrooms at Dole Cannery

The Hawaii Food Manufacturers Association (HFMA) will host the inaugural TASTE Awards spotlighting distinguished individuals, companies and products that have demonstrated exceptional representation, innovation and performance in Hawaii’s food manufacturing community. “It’s long overdue for our industry to recognize the best of the best. There’s a lot of hard work and so many wonderful stories to tell about the local companies that produce the great food products found throughout Hawaii’s homes, stores and restaurants,” said Byron Goo, President of the HFMA board of directors.

6:00pm                  Check-in and Registration

6:30pm                  Battle of the Chefs with Tasting Stations and complimentary wine service                                  sponsored by Ulupalakua Vineyards, Maui’s Winery


Chef James Aptakin (left) of Mac 24/7 in the Hilton Waikiki is a past winner of the Food Network Challenge.  He’s trained at the prestigious Culinary Institute of America in Napa and even cooked on an aircraft carrier feeding 6000 hungry sailors daily.

Chef Ronnie Nasuti (middle) started washing dishes at age 14, apprenticed in the prestigious Copley Plaza Hotel and mentored under Roy Yamaguchi before his current post as Executive Chef at Tiki’s Bar & Grill.

Chef Colin Hazama (right) is a James Beard “Rising Star Chef” semi-finalist and has cooked with many international top chefs including Alan Wong, Gary Danko and Jean-George Vongrichten before taking his current position of Senior Executive Sous Chef at the Sheraton Waikiki.

The three chefs will craft unique, signature dishes featuring HFMA member products plus be joined by Daniel Anthony of Mana Ai making freshly pounded poi. Event attendees will indulge prior to a formal dinner reception and vote for the dish with the Best Taste and Best Presentation. Many locally made foods and drinks will also be showcased throughout the evening’s festivities.

Dinner and program to follow.

Mahalo to our Sponsors

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