- Roy Yamaguchi, Roy's
Appearances at Pebble Beach Food & Wine 2013:
Honored with the prestigious James Beard "Best Pacific Northwest Chef" award, Yamaguchi hosted the PBS show, Hawaii Cooks with Roy Yamaguchi and was featured on the Food Network program, My Country, My Kitchen.
Yamaguchi has published three cookbooks, Roy's Fish and Seafood, Roy's Feasts from Hawaii and Hawaii Cooks: Flavors from Roy's Pacific Rim Kitchen.
Based on childhood memories of the flavors of Hawaii, Roy invented what he refers to as “Hawaiian Fusion© Cuisine.” Food & Wine Magazine dubbed the original Roy’s the "crown jewel of Honolulu's East-West eateries," and was named one of Conde Nast Traveler's "Top 50." Gourmet acknowledged Yamaguchi as "the father of modern East-West cooking."
As busy as Chef Yamaguchi is, he still finds time to serve on numerous boards and committees for both charitable and educational groups including:
Steering Committee - Culinary Institute of the Pacific (CIP)
Culinary Advisory Board - Leeward Community College
Board of Directors - Hawaii Culinary Education Foundation
Board of Governors - Go For Broke National Educational Foundation
Board of Directors - Grow for Good, a national initiative from Food & Wine Magazine
Board of Trustees - The Culinary Institute of America, alumni
He initiated the Tom & Warren Matsuda Scholarship Fund which supports culinary education in Hawaii and hosts the Roy’s Golf Classic which benefits Imua Family Services which assists families of special needs children.