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Mauna Lani Bay Grey Goose Manny Hinojosa
VENUE:
Mauna Lani Bay
Hotel & Bungalows
68-1400 Mauna Lani Drive
Kohala Coast, HI 96743
808-885-6622 

DATE:
January 21st and 22nd, 2011

Time:
6:00 PM

PRICE: $250 per person inclusive
               $300 VIP Pass
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HOST VENUE - Mauna Lani Bay - Hotel & Bungalows

Escape to the sunny Kohala Coast on the Island of Hawaii and discover the oceanfront Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows. This luxury resort offers a tropical retreat showcasing the best of Hawaii. Relax in a private cabana, have a pampering treatment in an outdoor hale or tee-off for 18 on the award-wining Mauna Lani Golf Courses. Indulge in a myriad of watersports from snorkeling and diving in pristine waters to sunset sails and whale watching cruises. After a fun-filled day sip a tropical libation and get ready to enjoy a fun filled Celebrity Chef Weekend. Visit www.maunalani.com or call 800-367-2323 for special “Celebrity Chef Tour” hotel accommodations from $309 per night for Ocean View Accommodations.


GUEST CELEBRITY CHEF - Michael Symon
RESTAURANT - Cleveland, OH

Renowned in the culinary world and adored in his hometown of Cleveland, Michael Symon is the chef and owner of critically acclaimed Lola and Lolita restaurants in Cleveland, Ohio. Michael's pedigree started upon graduating from The Culinary Institute of America in New York in 1990. Michael quickly began revitalizing the Cleveland palate, while practicing in some of Cleveland's up and coming restaurants, such as Player's, Picolo Mondo, Giovanni's and The Caxton Café. In these venues, he found success as well as a loyal following and fan base.

In 1997, Michael opened his own restaurant, Lola, collaborating with his future wife, Liz. Lola opened just west of downtown Cleveland in the community of Historic Tremont, receiving glowing reviews. To compliment Michael's menu, Liz brought an unpretentious elegance to both the design of the restaurant and unique wine selection from lesser-known boutique vineyards that made Lola Cleveland's destination of the year. In 2005, Michael, Liz and Doug Petkovic gave birth to a new concept of Lola so they could open Lolita. They once again revitalized a new section of Cleveland with the re-opening of Lola in the heart of downtown Cleveland on E. 4th St. in 2006, becoming once again, the cornerstone and darling of the Cleveland dining scene.

Michael has earned much attention through the years for his thoughtful cooking style and his attention to detail. He was named National Rising Star by Restaurant Hospitality magazine (May 1997 issue), he was named one of the Top Ten Best New Chefs by Food & Wine magazine (July 1998 issue), America's Best Restaurants in Gourmet magazine (Oct. 2000 issue), featured in Michael Ruhlman's book The Soul of a Chef (2000), nominated for best chef-great lakes region by the James Beard Foundation (2006), as well as making appearances on WKYC-TV (Cleveland) on Mondays with Michael and iVillage Live on NBC. He has hosted over 100 episodes of The Melting Pot on Food Network, in addition to appearing on episodes of Sara's Secrets with Sara Moulton, Ready, Set, Cook and Food Nation with Bobby Flay. In 2007, he competed on the reality competition series The Next Iron Chef and won, securing his place as a permanent Iron Chef on Food Network's hit series Iron Chef America.


GUEST CELEBRITY CHEF - Jonathan Waxman
RESTAURANT - Barbuto, New York

Working as a successful chef, restaurateur and author, Jonathan Waxman has graced such prestigious kitchens as Chez Panisse in Berkeley and Michael's in Los Angeles. Waxman went on to open his own restaurant in New York City – Jams, as well as the famed Washington Park. Today, Waxman is the chef and owner of Barbuto in Manhattan's West Village. His first cookbook, A Great American Cook, was published in 2007. Giving back is important to Waxman and he works closely with many charities including City Meals on Wheels. He currently lives in Manhattan with his wife and three children. His new cookbook will be published by Simon & Schuster and will appear in bookstores in 2011.


HOST CHEF - Sandy Tuason
RESTAURANT - Mauna Lani Bay - Hotel & Bungalows

Chef Tuason's accomplished career included unique opportunities to train and work side by side the leading culinary talents of our times. In New York City, Chef refined his skills with Daniel Boulud and David Burke. Having spent time across the pond, Chef also trained with Star Michelin French Chefs Albert and Michel Roux in London.


CELEBRITY MIXOLOGIST - Manny Hinojosa

Manny Hinojosa is a national award winning mixologist who creates his own syrups, juices and garnishes, and pours as if each drop were liquid gold. When Manny pours a drink, you can feel the passion. Manny grew up and was educated in Mexico City, and is fluent in both English and Spanish. He is extremely charismatic and enthusiastic about his craft and about Mexico's national pride, tequila. Manny is an amazing addition to the Celebrity Chef Tour dinner.


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