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Hawaii Regional Cuisine Part 4 – A New Beginning

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Written by Evan Freeman, Translated by Mami Yamazaki

 

24 years ago, a dozen young chefs gathered on Maui for the first “Hawaiian Cooking Symposium” later to be renamed Hawaii Regional Cuisine at the insistence of Chef Sam Choy.

24年前, 12人のシェフがマウイ島に集結し、初めてハワイアンクッキングシンポジウムを開催し、その後シェフサム·チョイ氏によりハワイリージョナルキュイジーヌと改名した。

hrc5 One of Roy's first restaurants. Photo: Roy Yamaguchi via Honolulu Magazine


One of Roy’s first restaurants. Photo: Roy Yamaguchi via Honolulu Magazine

Chef Roy Yamaguchi was already making a name for himself with his popular restaurant Roy’s in Hawaii Kai which would later help him win a James Beard Award, the first for Hawaii, and a respected award honoring American cuisine.
既にハワイカイにあるレストラン「ロイズ」で名を馳せていたシェフ ロイ・ヤマグチ氏は、ハワイで初のアメリカのキュジーヌ界で名誉あるジェームスベアード賞を受賞した経験もある。
The other chefs were talented and successful, but weren’t famous yet. Sam Choy was cooking for a bowling alley in Kona at the time, Alan Wong was the chef of a hotel and a restaurant on the Big Island, Chef Mavro was the executive chef at the Halekulani. Soon that would change.

Shep Gordon and movie star Arnold Schwarzenegger sampling Hawaii Regional Cuisine. Photo: Shep Gordon via Honolulu Magazine

 

既に成功を収めている有能な他のシェフもいるが、そこまで有名ではなかった。サム・チョイ氏はハワイ島コナのボーリング場で料理していたし、アラン・ウォン氏はハワイ島のレストラン、ホテルでシェフをし、シェフマブロ氏は当時ハレクラニの総料理長だった。だがそれもすぐ状況が変わることとなる。

Shep Gordon is a name you are likely unfamiliar with. Although if you are a rock fan you may have heard of Alice Cooper who was massively popular from the late 60’s to the 80’s. You may also have heard of celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck. Shep Gordon was the man behind much of their fame and many others in film and music up until the early 90’s before retiring to Maui.

シェプ・ゴードン氏はあまり皆さんには馴染みのない名前だろう。もしかしたら、ロックファンの皆さんは60-80年代に活躍したアリス・クーパー氏の名は知っているかもしれない。もしくはセレブシェフのウルフギャング・パック氏のことはご存じだろうか。シェフ・ゴードン氏は彼らの立役者であり、90年代初期から引退してマウイ島に移るまで沢山の映画やミュージックシーンを世界に広めた。

Shortly before retiring to Maui however, Shep Gordon had started the celebrity chef movement which had spurred on numerous cooking shows, advertising deals, cook books and more that continues to this day. It was off of this success that Shep Gordon was aide these chefs in their mission to add food to the list alongside the sun, sand, and surf thatHawaii is known for.

マウイ島で引退する直前、シェップ・ゴードン氏はセレブシェフの数々のクッキングショーや料理本、広告関係や今に至る様々な促進ムーブメントを起こし始めた。ハワイで良く知られている美しい観光資源とうまく調和した料理を生み出す為、シェフたちと共に稼働し始めたのだ。

The only problem was that there were very few fresh ingredients being produced in Hawaii. Hawaii was receiving most of its food by ship from the main land, and while Hawaii is still mainly dependent on food importation, the growth of the local agriculture industry now provides fresh fruits and vegetables in large part because of the demand created by these chefs.

問題はハワイ産の新鮮な素材が殆どなかったこと。それまで本土からの輸入で頼っていた食物だが、今では地元の農産業も発達し、新鮮な野菜やフルーツが供給されている。

It is because of these chefs that you can now eat Manoa lettuce, Waialua chocolate, Hamakua mushrooms, Big Island Kuahiwi beef, and many more.

今ですらマノアレタスやワイアルアチョコレート、ハマクアマッシュルーム、ハワイ島産クアヒビビーフなど、沢山の新鮮な地元の食材を手に入れることが出来るのは彼らの尽力があってこそなのだ。

Alan Wong 1996 Hale Aina Awards. Photo: Honolulu Magazine

Alan Wong 1996 Hale Aina Awards. Photo: Honolulu Magazine