The lineup: Hawaii Food & Wine Festival

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photoThis year’s Hawaii Food & Wine Festival lineup was announced Tuesday morning at a press conference at the Hawaii State Capitol, with several participating chefs and sponsors in attendance. The weeklong event, scheduled for Aug. 29 to Sept. 7, continues to draw elite culinary talent from around the islands and country.

Notable visiting chefs attending this year are:
Jenn Louis: Lincoln Restaurant (Portland), “Top Chef Masters.” One of two chefs from Portland as HFWF branches into the Northwest.
Andy Ricker: PokPok (Portland), James Beard Award winner. One of two chefs from Portland as HFWF branches into the Northwest.
Nancy Oakes: Boulevard (San Francisco), Current James Beard Award nominee.
Floyd Cardoz: Formerly of North End Grill in Boston.
Johnny Iuzzini: Sugar Fuled Inc (NYC), “Top Chef” desserts judge
Michael Voltaggio: ink (Los Angeles), “Top Chef” winner
Michelle Bernstein: Michy’s (Miami), James Beard Award winner

photo(1)Also changing is the previous “Girls Got Game” brunch event to “Battle of the Sexes,” where three female master chefs get paired with three of their male counterparts to cook up brunch. And the event at Hawaii Convention Center event has been changed from a Farm to Table-themed event to a grand wine tasting event featuring 20 wine makers.

Here’s the full lineup:

Aloha ʻAina, Aloha Kai – Love of the Land, Love of the Sea

Friday, Aug. 29
VIP Early Entry & Reserved Seating at 5 p.m. | General Entry at 6 p.m.
Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa
VIP $500 | General $250
HFWF launches its 2014 events on Hawaii Island with a six-course gala, featuring products grown on Hawaii Island.

Featured chefs: Charles Charbonneau (Hilton Waikoloa Village); Jayson Kanekoa (Waikoloa Beach Marriott); Jenn Louis (Lincoln Restaurant, Portland); Marcel Vigneron (Modern Global Tasting, Inc., Los Angeles); Mark Pomaski (Full Moon Cafe, Hilo); Sheldon Simeon (MiGRANT Maui); Sherry Yard (Helms Bakery, Los Angeles)

Kāʻanapali Kitchen Stadium Under a Maui Moon

Sunday, Aug. 31
VIP Early Entry & Reserved Seating at 5 p.m. | General Entry at 6 p.m.
Napili Garden at Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa
VIP $500 | General $250
Set beach front, master chefs will prepare a six-course menu under the stars.

Featured chefs: Bev Gannon (Bev Gannon Restaurant, Wailea); Floyd Cardoz, Gregory Grohowski (Hyatt Regency Maui); Isaac Bancaco (Andaz Maui); Ming Tsai (Blue Ginger, Wellesley, MA); Mourad Lahlou (Aziza, San Francisco)

A Lucky Modern Buddha Belly

Thursday, Sept. 4
VIP Early Entry at 5 p.m. | General Entry at 6 p.m.
The Modern Honolulu
VIP $300 | General $200
This event puts a spotlight on Hawaii’s unique location as a culinary hub of the Pacific where East meets West, with 14 esteemed international chefs showcasing dishes inspired by the Lucky Buddha, who is known for happiness, plenitude and wisdom of contentment.

Featured chefs: Andy Ricker (PokPok, Portland); Byung Jin Kim (BICENA, Seoul); Charles Phan (The Slanted Door, San Francisco); Chris Kajioka; Masaharu Morimoto (Morimoto Waikiki); Michael Ginor (Hudson Vallery Foie Gras, New York); Michael Meredith (Meredith’s Restaurant, Auckland, New Zealand); Michelle Karr-Ueoka (MW Restaurant); Nancy Oakes (Boulevard, San Francisco); Nancy Silverton (Mozza, Los Angeles); Peng Yu (Beijing Fangshan Restaurant, Beijing); Philip Johnson (e’cco Bistro, Brisbane, Australia); Scott Toner (The Modern Honolulu); Tom Douglas (Tom Douglas Restaurants (Seattle)

Fourth Annual Halekulani Master Chefs Gala Series: Chefs Who Cook to Compete

Friday, Sept. 5
Cocktail Reception at 5 p.m. | Dinner at 6 p.m.
Halekulani
$1,000
Some of the most competitive chefs in the world plate up a lavish six-course dining experience. These master chefs are familiar with competition and will excite your palates to win your approval as their favorite chef. The gala will be an evening of elegant fine dining and extraordinary wine pairings.

Featured chefs: Hiroyuki Sakai (La Rochelle, Tokyo); Johnny Iuzzini (Sugar Fueled, Inc., New York); Jose Garces (Garces Group, Philadelphia); Michelle Bernstein (Michy’s, Miami); Richard Rosendale (Rosendale Group, West Virginia); Vikram Garg (Halekulani)

Hawaiian Airlines Presents Corks & Forks

Saturday, Sept. 6
VIP Early Entry & Reserved Seating at 5 p.m. | General Entry at 6 p.m.
Rooftop Garden at Hawaiʻi Convention Center
VIP $500 | General $225
With 20 celebrity chefs and 20 top-tier vintners and winemakers, the event features exquisite, finely crafted dishes using the freshest local ingredients available in Hawaii to be paired with a grand tasting of wines from around the world.

Featured chefs: Alan Wong (Alan Wong’s); Celestino Drago (Drago Restaurant Group, Los Angeles); Chai Chaowasaree (Chef Chai); Christina Tosi (Momfuku Milk Bar, New York); Ed Kenney (Town); Gary Matsumoto (Hawaii Convention Center); George Mavrothalassitis (Chef Mavro); Grant MacPherson (Scotch Myst, Las Vegas); Hubert Keller (Fleur de Lys, San Francisco); Johan Svensson (BLT Steakhouse, Honolulu); Jonathan Waxman (Onopops); Keoni Chang (Foodland Super Markets); Mark Freischmidt (Halekulani)Michael Voltaggio (ink, Los Angeles); Ming Tsai (Blue Ginger, Wellesley, MA); Nobu Matsuhisa (Nobu Waikiki); Tetsuya Wakuda (Tetsuya, Sydney, Australia); Tushar Dubey (Hokulani Bakery); Yuji Wakiya (Waikiya, Tokyo)

Battle of the Brunch Showdown

Sunday, Sept. 7
11 a.m.-1 p.m.
SHOR at Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort & Spa
$95
Enjoy Sunday brunch with a battle of the chef duos, as three female master chefs get paired with three of their male counterparts to cook up some of the most creative, delightful and tasty breakfast-lunch dishes. Up on the roof-top of the Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort & Spa, guests will be asked to judge each dish and determine the winning duo in the first Battle of the Brunch. All dishes will be prepared using the finest locally grown, caught and raised products in Hawaii. Cocktails will also be served.

Featured chefs: Jackie Lau (Roy’s Hawaii); Lee Anne Wong (Koko Head Cafe); Michelle Bernstein (Michy’s, Miami); Sven Ullrich (Hyatt Regency Waikiki); Johnny Iuzzini (Sugar Fueled Inc., New York); Jose Garces (Garces Group, Philadelphia)

It’s a Food World After All

Sunday, Sept. 7
Ko Olina Resort with Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa, and JW Marriott Ihilani Resort & Spa
VIP $500 | General $200
Join 16 celebrity chefs, who will prove that the easiest way to win most hearts and minds is through the stomach as they take you on a culinary journey that connects the world through food and culture.

Featured chefs: Andrew Sutton (Napa Rose, Anaheim, CA); Art Smith (Table fifty-two, Chicago); Cat Cora (Cat Cara, Inc., Los Angeles); Dean Fearing (Fearing’s, Dallas); Eric Ziebold (City Zen, Washington, DC); Jason Fox (Commonwealth, San Francisco); Jason Kina (JW Marriott Ihilani); Josiah Citrin (Melisse, Santa Monica); Kevin Chong (‘AMA’AMA, Ko Olina); Mark Noguchi (Lunchbox); Naomi Pomeroy (Beast Restaurant, Portland); Raphael Lunetta (JiRaffe, Santa Monica); Sang Yoon (Lukshon, Los Angeles); Stephen Durfee (Culinary Institue of America, St. Helena, CA); Toshi Yoroizuka (Toshi Yoroizuka, Tokyo); Vivian Wu (Alan Wong’s)