Aloha Kitchen Challenge at Roy's Chicago

(RELEASE) Internationally-acclaimed Chef Roy Yamaguchi will be making a special trip to his Chicago restaurant for his "Aloha Kitchen Challenge." The gourmet competition on Monday, September 14, pairs three culinary students; Benjamin Brunner, Justin Selk and Nathan Haave; with Tim Graham of Tru; Jackie Shen of Red Light, and Pete Rikes of Capital Grille. Judges for the challenge will include ABC 7's Linda Yu; Ted Widen of Chicago SCENE Magazine and Bravo's Top Chef Masters' Art Smith.

Seared Ahi with Lilikoi- Shrimp Salsa

The partnering chef teams will be asked to create an exceptional dish in the spirit of Roy's signature Hawaiian Fusion Cuisine RoysRestaurant. Guests will enjoy the one-of-a-kind dining experience and will indulge in the five-course dinner-- which will include a course created by Chef Roy and Roy's Chicago's Chef Partner Kevin Dusinski, and one dish from each competing team. Judges will rate each team's creation on taste, presentation, and individuality, and will award the winning duo's student an internship with Roy's highly-trained expert chefs.

"Teaching and mentoring aspiring chefs has always been a passion of mine," said Chef Roy. "I am excited to be working with this talented group of great chefs, as we contribute to the culinary community by cultivating new talent with a challenging and rewarding internship."

The Aloha Kitchen Challenge begins at 6 pm and the winner will be announced at 9 pm. Cost is $65 per person with wine pairings excluding tax and gratuity. Reservations are required and can be made by calling Roy's Chicago at 312/787.7599. The restaurant is located at 720 North State Street, Chicago.

About Roy's:

Founded by internationally acclaimed Chef Roy Yamaguchi, Roy's restaurants reflect his personal commitment to serve exciting and innovative Hawaiian Fusion® Cuisine of the highest quality in an elegant, yet casual atmosphere. Based on childhood memories of the feelings and flavors of Hawaii, Chef Roy's unique style of cooking combines the freshest local ingredients, bold Asian spices and European sauces, with a focus of fresh seafood. Chef Roy holds the distinction of earning Hawaii's first prestigious James Beard Award. For more information, please visit

Travel with Chef Roy in 2010: Australia and Turkey

Experience Australia's freshest culinary fusion, dramatic natural beauty and cultural attractions with Chef Roy Yamaguchi as your guest chef. Highlights of Roy's Down Under program include special dining experiences throughout Sydney and Melbourne, an "Aussie Rules" football game and a gala dinner by Chef Roy in Sydney. Dates are April 14 -- 21, 2010.

Join Roy in Turkey to visit the Blue Mosque and Topkapi Museum as well as a cruise along the Bosphorus. Stay in a romantic cave hotel in Cappadocia and attend Chef Roy's private dinner at the Celsus Library in Ephesus. The program travels September 24 -- October 2, 2010.

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