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Rice is So Nice...And so is Winning a Dinner for Two!

We had a really “rice” time at the 2011 Hawai‘i Rice Fest this past Sunday (Sept. 11, 2011)! We brought 11 chefs with us to make 12 different tasty rice dishes, all featured in Cheryl Chee Tsutsumi’s The Hawai‘i Book of Rice. Our new Rice Book Gift Sets proved so popular we sold out halfway through the festival! (Cane Haul Road is hard at working printing up more adorable “Ochazuke” dishtowels, so the sets will be back in stock at our online store soon — they’re perfect for gift-giving and a real steal at just $18 for the whole set.)

Congratulations to Chef Hideaki “Santa” Miyoshi of Tokkuri-Tei, the defending Rice-ipe Champion, who edged out (by one hundredth of a point!) Chef Wayne Hirabayashi of the Kahala Hotel & Resort, with his Unagi Donburi Risotto in the Professional Division of the Rice-ipe Cook-off. (Chef Santa’s winning recipe from last year, Seafood Risotto, can be found in our cookbook; this year’s recipe was a new creation for the contest.) In the Amateur Division, Loreen Matsushima took the top honors with her Hurry Curry Fried Rice.

Take a peek at all the cooking action in our slide show below (click on it to go to the full-size photo gallery), and be sure to take a good look at the 12 different recipes our contributors dished up in competition and demonstrations.

Leave us a comment here on the blog and tell us which of the “rice-ipes” you’d most like to try. We’ll pick a winner randomly from all the responses to win a great prize!*

What do you win? Well, Turtle Bay Resort has generously donated a Dinner for Two at Leonardo’s Italian Dining Experience. If you like  Italian food and sharing with your family and friends, this is the right venue for you, featuring house-made pastas, thin crust pizzas, meat and fish dishes, great appetizers and salads and for the finale, miniature “guilt free” desserts!

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*Contest closes at 11:59PM on September 30, 2011. A winner will be selected at random from the valid comments posted prior to the contest closing time. To be counted as an entry, the comment must include an on-topic answer, stating which of the 12 dishes made by our chefs at Rice Fest  (featured in our slideshow; or see the list here) you would most like to try. One entry per e-mail. The winner will be notified via e-mail; in the event that we do not hear back from the winner within 48 hours to confirm acceptance of their prize, a new winner will be chosen. Winners who do not respond within the stated time frame forfeit their prize claim. Contributing chefs and their immediate families, as well as employees of aio LLC companies and their immediate families are ineligible to win.