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 […]
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 […]
Hawaii Hospitality named me one of the 12 up and coming chefs to watch. Check out their November issue for the article.
I was recently on OC16’s TV program called Career Changers. Check out my segment on their You Tube Channel where I demo how to make a healthy holiday Quinoa Pilaf: http://www.youtube.com/user/CareerChangersTV#p/u/1/3tGSrg0pu80
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
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 […]
I just spent the afternoon shopping and preparing a few dishes for the “Made in Hawaii” potluck my friend Joy and I are hosting tonight. It was difficult to choose what to make because so many ideas flew into my mind while all the veggies simultaneously flew into the shopping cart. Approximately $100 later and […]
My friend Kathy turned me onto this dish that combines French lentils with fennel. I have to admit, even though I am adventurous, I was at first a little bit skeptical, until I tasted it. The flavors exploded in my mouth, and boy, did I change my mind quickly! It was absolutely stunning! It was […]
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? […]
I have been enjoying some local fruits from my friends’ backyard gardens, specifically lilikoi and mountain apples. These are such refreshing treats.