What To Expect at Keiki in the Kitchen with Chef Roy Yamaguchi

On Nov. 6, kiddos can make poke nachos with a celebrity chef during the 2022 Hawai‘i Food & Wine Festival.



Keiki in the Kitchen is an annual cooking class that’s part of the renowned Hawai‘i Food & Wine Festival, which brings together more than 150 internationally famous chefs, culinary personalities, winemakers and mixologists. Presented by the Hawai‘i Medical Assurance Association, this year’s event gives kids the opportunity to cook with celebrity local chef Roy Yamaguchi. Since the class falls on National Nacho Day, young chefs will learn how to create one of chef Yamaguchi’s favorite dishes: poke nachos.


In the past, Keiki in the Kitchen events have focused on pastry elements such as decorating cupcakes and cookies. “This year, we’re excited to inspire kids to get in the kitchen and cook with the skills they’ll learn from a master chef like Roy Yamaguchi,” says marketing director Kristen Lau-Grover.


She adds, “As part of those efforts, Keiki in the Kitchen was created as an annual event of the festival to encourage our keiki to get in the kitchen, learn about where their food comes from” and to foster healthy eating habits. And they learn about the importance of sourcing local ingredients from local farmers, ranchers and fishermen. “Creating opportunities for our keiki to learn from some of the world-renowned chefs that participate in the festival each year further supports our mission to foster local culinary talent.”



Keiki in the Kitchen

Chef Roy Yamaguchi, Courtesy of Hawai‘i Food & Wine Festival


When and Where

Sunday, Nov. 6, from 11 a.m. to noon at The Barn at the Salt at Our Kaka‘ako


Keiki in the Kitchen

Photo: Last year’s Keiki in the Kitchen, Courtesy of Hawai‘i Food & Wine Festival


What You Can Expect

The cooking class is open to children ages 5 and up—they’ll need to be able to participate without the assistance of an adult. The Barn will be closed off for the event and due to limited space, parents won’t be allowed in the demonstration area with their children. However, they can watch their kids learning from a designated waiting area. Participating Hawai‘i Food and Wine Festival chefs will assist keiki throughout the class.


Chef Yamaguchi will use ‘ahi, kanpachi and salmon provided by Tropic Fish Hawai‘i. He’ll demonstrate how to break down a whole fish and staff from Tropic Fish Hawai‘i will talk about fresh fish versus frozen, why to buy local and more.


After the kids are done cooking, they can take their poke nachos home or eat them there. They’ll also go home with a little extra of all the ingredients to try again with their parents!



Keiki in the Kitchen


How Much It Costs

Tickets are required for participating children only; there’s no need for parents to purchase tickets to accompany their child. Tickets are $50 per individual and include everything kids will need, such as ingredients, supplies, tools and more. Available slots are going fast, so we recommend buying tickets as soon as possible.


For more information and to purchase tickets, visit https://hawaiifoodandwinefestival.com/events/hmaa-presents-keiki-in-the-kitchen-with-chef-roy-yamaguchi/