Why do you choose to live and cook in Colorado?
I choose to live and cook in Colorado because how could I not?! Beautiful place to live, great weather, landscape, people, small yet big community of local-focused entrepreneurs. Great product as well. I love the outdoors!
What defines Colorado's food scene and sets it apart?
What defines our food scene is our people — so loving, sharing, hard-working, dedicated, open — and then the product that we get here is some of the best! The farmers are amazing.
Any Colorado food trends to watch out for?
I really don't watch or look for food trends, but I see more and more food markets and dining halls.
What is your favorite Colorado product to highlight in a dish?
So many great ones to choose from, but since I am originally from Hawaii, I'd have to say our Alamosa bass. It is some of the best fish around. The owners take such pride on their farming and harvesting of that fish — and you can tell in the quality and taste.
What are your favorite things to do in Colorado in your free time?
If I have free time ... Love to bike ride with the family, parks, just being outside. I always take friends to Red Rocks when they come here!
What are your Colorado culinary recommendations for visitors?
Pick a few neighborhoods, then try a few restaurants in that ‘hood, check out that community, see their hospitality and concept. Larimer Square, Union Station, RiNo, Cherry Creek, Highlands, etc. So many places! I love Denver!
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