Between his five restaurants and the Hawaii Food and Wine Festival, Roy Yamaguchi plays an outsized role in the culinary life of the islands. The chef sees Hawaiian cuisine becoming more accessible as new chefs open restaurants in upstart, funky regions of the state.
Former CIA student Roy Yamaguchi may not have succeeded during Bravo TV's debut of "Top Chef Masters," but the nationally-acclaimed chef simply can't be rushed to create the perfect dish. "When I cook I like to be very methodical and slow to develop flavors over time," he said.
Safeway tapped Olympic skating star Kristi Yamaguchi as January's featured athlete for its Lunchbox Winners program, which promotes healthy school-lunch and snack ideas. She is sharing her recipe for a "winning wrap" and might make an appearance at Safeway locations.
Hawaii chef Roy Yamaguchi was a founding member of a movement that emphasizes cooking with fresh ingredients from the islands. Yamaguchi owns 37 eateries, including restaurants in 10 mainland states, seven eateries in Hawaii, and establishments on Guam and in Japan. The Roy's in Hawaii Kai recently celebrated its 20th anniversary with events featuring 24 top U.S. chefs and raised money for The Culinary Institute of the Pacific and The Culinary Institute of America.
Wells' Dairy Inc. has signed former figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi for an endorsement deal for its new Blue Bunny Lite 85 Superfruit yogurt. Yamaguchi is a "a huge fan of yogurt" and eats the Lite 85 products for their health benefits, a Wells' Dairy spokeswoman said.