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Celebratin’!!!!!!!!!

Just a little YouTube video to ring in some good celebratin’ energy about all the GREAT GREAT things in my life!! WOO HOO! For some booty shakin’ fun, watch the video and be sure to dance! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IKqV7DB8Iwg A few lyrics by the Black Eyed Peas, from Let’s Get It Started “Obstacles are inefficient, follow your […]

A Healthy Cup of Tea

My life has been a whirlwind lately, from cohorting with some internationally renowned local chefs, to getting a rush of much welcomed and appreciated press, to taking on celebrity clients. I’m in awe, and extremely grateful for all my opportunities and the places my job takes me. What a life! While my job is often […]

Grow Hawaii Iron Chef Competition: Next Generation

Grow Hawaii Iron Chef Competition: Next Generation

The Iron Chef Next Generation teams were scrambling around the room choosing all their ingredients to use in their cook-off. Kabocha was the “secret” ingredient of the day. The displays were incredible of all the fresh, local, and seasonal ingredients. And on the judge’s panel…. that’s ME, with Ed Kenney, Alan Wong, and Roy Yamaguchi […]

Grow Hawaii Project

Leslie will be teaching a break out session along with some other very well known chefs in Hawaii as part of this project! See www.growhi.org

Diet for a Small Island

Come join us for two inspiring dialogues on food/agricultural problems and on visions for food democracy in Hawai’i and beyond! Frances Moore Lappé, the world-renowned democracy advocate, author (Diet for a Small Planet, Hope’s Edge, Liberation Ecology, World Hunger, Twelve Myth among many), and food and hunger expert, will be featured at the Umematsu and […]

Mighty Lentils

In our previous cooking class, Grains and Beans, one of the beans we explored was lentils. I absolutely LOVE lentils, and for this class we specifically used French Lentils. I find them so beautiful with their blue, green, and brown earthy, life giving, vibrant colors. I typically ask questions like “What’s so great about lentils? […]