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Calling all chefs for Sam Choy’s Poke Contest
February 24, 2014 - Carla Tracy
Put your braggin' in the bowl, states the press release, and enter your favorite poke recipe to win cash and prizes at the third Sam Choy's Keauhou Poke Contest Sunday, March 16. Public tasting is 12:30 p.m. in the Convention Center at the Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa on the Big Island.
Chefs will come from Maui, Oahu and the Mainland to enter the contest, which is part of Keauhou Resort's annual Kamehameha III celebration March 14-17 that commemorates the Keauhou-born king, Lani Kauikeaouli.
Other festivities will include lectures, canoe races, concert and Daughters of Hawaii tribute.
The poke contest fun will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and includes Hawai'i Island Marketplace, a "Poke Throw Down," a celebrity "Poke Chop" cookoff, guest speakers, entertainment by Royal Hawaii Band Kona and others, cultural demonstrations and delicious poke tasting.
Contest competition is in five categories: traditional, cooked, poke with Aloha Shoyu soy sauce, non-seafood and a new category-poke with Hamakua Mushrooms. Suisan Company Ltd. will donate 15 pounds of fresh filet ahi to the first 50 entrants using fish. It contestant wants additional ahi, it will be offered at wholesale price. Suisan also offers seafood to contestants at a wholesale price. Contest entry deadline is March 10; find forms at Sam Choy's Keauhou Poke Contest
Entry fee is $15 for amateurs and $30 for professionals-culinary students can participate for free. High schoolers can enter in a new High School Division and college culinary students are welcome to again vie in the non-professional category.
Public admission to all contest activities is $5 (limit of five poke tastes) or $10 for an event bag and unlimited tastes until gone. Keiki under 12 are free). Proceeds benefit the Equip the Kitchens Campaign for the future Hawai'i Community College-Palamanui campus.
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Chefs may enter to win cash and prizes