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Firefighter cook off, plus Roy's, Poke Stop and Liliha Bakery


"Absolutely, positively you will not get away with cooking bad food at the fire station," says David Jenkins of the Honolulu Fire Department. “If you’re not a good cook, you will be by the time you’re done being a fireman.”

At the firehouse, where firefighters live and work for 24 hours at a time, cooking responsibilities rotate among the team, and it’s a duty taken so seriously it’s part of firefighter training. Recruits learn recipes such as beef stew, shoyu chicken, roast pork and pork chops—deep fried, covered with cream of mushroom soup and baked. But, once they learn the basics, the firefighters often move into more gourmet fare and baking from scratch, just for bragging rights.

See for yourself what firefighters whip up at the Honolulu Firefighters Foundation's fourth annual Signature Chefs Food Festival, which, for the first time, will feature a cook-off by firefighters from different battalions across the island.

There will also be food from Chef Chai, Roy's, Tango Contemporary Cafe, Poke Stop, Mariposa, Beachhouse at the Moana and desserts from JJ's and Liliha Bakery.

Chefs and fire(fighters), a natural pairing.

$150, Friday, October 18, at the HFD headquarters, 636 South St. Tickets available at the door. hawaiifirefighters.org
Proceeds benefit the HFF and its mission to promoting and supporting public safety.

Want to know more about firehouse cooking? Read: honolulumagazine.com/Honolulu-Magazine/May-2011/Honolulu-Firefighters-Cook-Up-a-Mean-Spread/

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