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Thursday, August 18, 2011

Hawaiian Airlines holds a recipe contest

Got a great way to prepare barramundi? Or maybe you make the best mai tai on the planet? Get your recipes ready for Hawaiian Airlines’ Chef Chai’s Flavors Take Flight competition.

Hawaiian Airlines is looking for food and cocktail recipes inspired by its destinations—Sydney, Manila, Tahiti, Seoul, Phoenix … Lihue. With the expanded routes, there are lots of options to show off your creative cooking. You can take your cues from everything from enchiladas to poisson cru.

The grand prize is airfare for two to Honolulu (good between Oct. 24 and 28). Big deal, you say, I live in Makiki. Even though you already live on Oahu, entering is worth it, because you also get five nights at the Waikiki Edition. That’s what I want. You also get a day with chef Chai Chaowasaree, including a guest spot on his “Sunrise” segment on Hawaii News Now (KHNL/KGMB), a shopping excursion in Chinatown and a complimentary lunch at Chef Chai’s Island Bistro.

Chaowasaree has been Hawaiian Airlines’ executive chef since November, and, will be picking a grand prize winner from a pool of 10 finalists voted on by the public (yes, you gotta bug all your friends to vote for you online).

Chaowasaree says he and the airlines have been wanting to do something different: “We want to have our passengers involved as much as possible, and we want to see what they want to eat,” he says. And if the winning dish is appropriate, Hawaiian will include it on in-flight menus.

Submission are being accepted now through Sept. 25—upload your recipe here. You can even share images or a video.

So far, it doesn’t look as though many people have posted a photo of their creation, so there’s room to stand out.

Now where did I put Grandma’s recipe for chawan mushi?


Posted on Thursday, August 18, 2011 in Permalink

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Food editor Martha Cheng graduated from Wellesley College with degrees in Computer Science and English. She's a former line cook, food truck owner, Peace Corps volunteer and Google techie. Follow her on Twitter @marthacheng.


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