There is something special about the Hawaiian Islands and for those of us who are lucky enough to have visited, that feeling stays with you well after your time there. We’ve fallen head over heels for the islands and our love is in the people and their pride in a food tradition that effortlessly combines distinct flavors and cooking styles from across the Pacific Rim in a way that makes it uniquely Hawaiian.
We couldn’t think of a better way to kick off the summer and excited to have Chef Troy share with you a pantry box full of pantry ingredients and recipes that will welcome you back to the islands.
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- Hawaiian Sun Guava Jam
- Aloha Shoyu Sauce
- Kikkoman Aji Mirin
- Marukan Rice Vinegar
- Chaokoh Coconut Milk
- Chaokok Coconut Cream
- Wright's Hickory Liquid Smoke
- Guava Chicken
- Umu Pork Steak
- Sesame Garlic Cauliflower
- Oka l'a (Samoan Fish Salad)
- Guava Pancake with Haupia Syrup
Chef Curator: Troy Lepisi
Born in Hawaii and raised in San Jose, California, Chef Troy credits his passion for cooking to his parents and the traditional Polynesian food that he grew up on. In traditional Samoan culture, men work the fields, cooked and cleaned. As a result, he was constantly in the kitchen with his parents and by the age of 15 acquired enough skills and knowledge to make meals for his family.
As a self-taught chef, by way of Youtube and PBS cooking shows, Troy was able to sharpen his skills and gained more knowledge and direction when he landed his first culinary position with Compass Group. Working his way up the culinary ladder for the last 10 years, Chef Troy is currently a Chef de Cuisine at Google.
On any given weekend, you can find Chef Troy at one of his pop-ups events or using his entrepreneurial skills running his own catering business, Afi House Kitchen. All of this passion and work helps him reach his ultimate goal of introducing traditional Polynesian flavors to familiar dishes.