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Who is Sam Choy?

History of Sam Choy

Sam Choy's years of cooking alongside his parents gave him the skills and inspiration to make Sam a Hawaiian celebrity chef. His exceptional creativity, love of good food, and aloha for guests propelled him to the status of an internationally recognized chef, Food Network personality, and James Beard award-winner.


Choy's colorful personality and welcoming smile have drawn customers to his multiple restaurants over the last 30 years, but it is his award-winning cooking that keeps them coming back! He characterizes his cuisine as a "melting pot of the freshest ingredients from ever culture on the Hawaiian islands...true Hawaiian heritage cooking."


Sam spent twenty plus years mastering his craft in the kitchens of noted hotels and resorts on the mainland and Hawai'i. Sam appears on his weekly cooking show, Cooking with Sam, on the Hawaiian Islands' NBC affiliate. He has authored 16 cookbooks and is often credited as the "Godfather of Poke" and the Culinary Ambassador of the Big Island. 

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