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Chef Jayson Kanekoa Wins “The Great Waikoloa Poke Contest”! | Marriott Hawaii

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Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa Sous Chef Jayson Kanekoa was named the winner of “The Great Waikoloa Poke Contest” held on September 4th on the Big Island of Hawaii! He masterfully prepared six pounds of poke (pronounced po-kay), fresh Hawaiian fish cut into cubes mixed with tasty seasonings and local ingredients, competing amongst the island’s best hotel and restaurant chefs. He was declared the overall winner after taking first place in five of six categories.

Chef Kanekoa is a local boy who lives in lush Waipio Valley. On weekends and for special luau events he prepares an imu, an underground oven, perfect for cooking kalua pork, fish and other meats.

Jayson Kanekoa

Here’s Chef’s recipe for the Soy Sauce Poke:

5 lbSashimi Grade Ahi (med cube)

2 cupMaui Onion

1 cupGreen Onion

1 lbHo’i’o (fern shoots – tips only)

1/4 cupGarlic

1/3 cupCotton Seed oil

1/4 cupYamasa Soy Sauce

4 TbspSake

2 pcChili Pepper

Brown garlic with cotton seed oil, and remove when golden brown. Remove half of the oil from the pan and add sake. Simmer for a couple minutes, add soy sauce and simmer for 5 minutes. Place in refrigerator till cool. Combine remainder of ingredients with soy sake mixture including garlic and mix well. Add Hawaiian salt to taste. Enjoy!

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Chef Kanekoa’s recipe for 6 pounds of poke features sake and garic. Sounds so yum. I would have to cut the recipe down to a 1 pound recipe.

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