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Celebrity Chef Roy Yamaguchi - Roy's Los Angeles
Based on childhood memories of the feelings and flavors of Hawaii, Roy invented what he refers to as “Hawaiian Fusion® Cuisine” — a tempting combination of exotic flavors and spices mixed with the freshest of local ingredients, always with an emphasis on seafood. Born in Tokyo, Yamaguchi vividly recalls visits with his grandparents to Maui, where he had his first tastes of fish, crab, octopus and lobster bought fresh at oceanside piers. Thusly inspired, he graduated the Culinary Institute of America in New York at the age of 19, where, after several years of intense training, he became a Master Chef. Thoroughly imbued by this discipline, Roy found the confidence to tackle his first experience as executive chef at Le Serene in Los Angeles in 1979. This was followed by a few memorable months at the eternally posh Michael's in Santa Monica, working for California Cuisine originator Michael McCarty. In 1984, he opened his own restaurant in Los Angeles called 385 North. However, the desire to further expand his culinary horizons while getting closer to his roots led Yamaguchi to move to Hawaii in 1988 and open Roy’s. Soon after the original Roy’s opened in Honolulu, Food & Wine Magazine dubbed it the "crown jewel of Honolulu's East-West eateries," and it was named one of Conde Nast Traveler's "Top 50." Gourmet acknowledged Yamaguchi as "the father of modern East-West cooking" while the New York Times described him as "the Wolfgang Puck of the Pacific." Yamaguchi is now regarded as a pioneer who mastered a distinctive style, which brought his cooking to the forefront of contemporary gastronomy. As testimony to his success, there are now 35 Roy’s, including 26 in the Continental US, 7 in Hawaii, 1 in Japan and 1 in Guam. Honored early in his career with the prestigious James Beard "Best Pacific Northwest Chef" award, Yamaguchi has hosted six seasons of the PBS-TV show, Hawaii Cooks with Roy Yamaguchi seen on more than 300 stations in all 50 states, as well as in over 60 countries. Equally notable, he was a featured chef on the acclaimed TV Food Network program, My Country, My Kitchen which takes viewers back to his roots in Japan.
Yamaguchi has also published three cookbooks, Roy’s Fish and Seafood, Roy’s Feasts from Hawaii and Hawaii Cooks: Flavors from Roy’s Pacific Rim Kitchen.
MICHAEL COHEN (Bravo's "MIAMI SOCIAL")
Michael is one of Miami's "in the know," tapped into the media world as a freelance editor covering local entertainment and A-list celebrities for magazines such as In Touch. He also commentates for local and national TV shows such as CNN’s “Showbiz Tonight.” He is currently working hard at launching his own website – thestylelabonline.com – an e-commerce site that will cover all that is fashionable. His job allows him the freedom to explore the hottest Miami locales, including lunch meetings at the chicest hotel pools and cocktails on the hottest rooftop lounges. A lover of the outdoors, he enjoys life with his three-year-old poodle, Austin, all while looking for love in the sometimes complicated and dramatic world of South Beach.
Chef John Rader P.Diddy's former Executive Chef
Chef John Rader, who has cooked for celebrities such as Sean "Diddy” Combs, Tyra Banks, and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, uses the blessings of his culinary talents to help inner-city youths. Chef John is the Celebrity Chef Ambassador of Governor Schwarzenegger's founded After-School All-Stars, Los Angeles' health and cooking programs. Geared to enable students to make better eating decisions, the kids in the program are also able to showcase the dishes that they prepare in ASAS-LA cooking courses and cook the recipes for their families at home. Founded by Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2002, the organization is a leading middle and high school after-school program provider whose programs educate, enlighten and inspire thousands of students each day through after-school activities centered around health, fitness and nutrition; the visual and performing arts; and youth leadership and community service learning. ASAS-LA brings innovative, cutting-edge enrichment programs to middle and high school youth that contribute to reducing drug use, crime and violence; while increasing the safety of students in the after school hours. The organization serves 10,000 disadvantaged students located in at-risk areas throughout LA County. Kobe Bryant is the charitable foundation's National Celebrity Ambassador.
Cathy Miller - Director of Tourism "Destination Toledo"
Toledo is in the center of a region rich in historic interest. The settling of the Northwest Territory was marked by frequent battles between the Indians and the settlers, so Toledo - as the meeting point of early Indian trails and the advance guard of the pioneer - has more than its share of historic spots. As early of 1805, a treaty with the Indians was signed at Fort Industry that stood on a bluff at Swan Creek and the Maumee River. Later, Peter Navarre, famed Indian scout, lived in what is now East Toledo and his work was largely responsible for Perry's famous victory at Put-In-Bay - a short distance from Toledo in Lake Erie. The names of Turkey Foot Rock, Fort Meigs, Battle of Fallen Timbers and others are familiar to students of early American History and these historic places center within a radius of 12 miles of Toledo.
Port Lawrence, the first settlement, was laid out in 1816 and in 1832 another settlement called Vistula was founded about a mile down the river. The two villages were consolidated and named Toledo and the latter was incorporated on January 7, 1837.