Posts Tagged ‘Food Network’

Update 7/29/12:
Got confirmation from former He’eia Kea Pier General Store and Deli Chef Mark Noguchi  that the pier will be featured on the Monday, August 6 episode of DDD.

Update 7/30/12:
Saw Camille Komine, chef/owner of Camille’s on Wheels, post to Facebook that she’ll be featured on the Monday, July 30 episode of DDD titled “Coast to Coast Chow. There’s also a viewing party at The Grove in Kailua at 7 p.m. Get out and support!!

I was excited to read in Erika Engle’s column (Honolulu Star-Advertiser) today that Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives with Guy Fieri will be featuring Oahu’s Jawaiian Irie Jerk Restaurant in tonight’s episode “Dynamic Dishes.” Not because of the food since I’ve never been there. But because I’m a fan of the show with a soft spot for seeing anything Hawaii featured on national television. What can I say, it’s the destination marketing/PR guy in me.

The article mentions the other Oahu restaurant locations are top secret, but those following The Match Cut Crew production company on Twitter during their time here know exactly where they filmed. The crew would tweet the location after wrapping. I won’t spoil the surprise entirely, so go back to their April tweets if your curious. They did manage to get to one of my favorites, Heeia Kea Pier General Store and Deli. I was fortunate enough to be invited by my pal chef/owner Mark “Gooch” Noguchi to be one of the “fake customers” and got to meet Guy. Cool stuff.

Hats off to the Oahu Visitors Bureau and my PR colleagues at Stryker Weiner and Yokota Public Relations for getting Guy back to the islands to explore more of the diverse culinary offerings Hawaii has to offer. It’s great inspiration for travelers heading this way. It’s great for the destination. And it’s really great for the small businesses that reap the benefits of the priceless exposure. I’ve heard from others who have been on the show that business goes through the roof once they are seen on Triple D. The brand is strong!

Okay, and I saw them pull into Fresh Catch in Kaneohe right after they finished up at Heeia Pier. But that’s all I’m telling you.

Check your local listings and enjoy the show!


Food Network’s “Dinner: Impossible” airs its “Late for the Luau” episode filmed in Hawaii on Wednesday, Feb. 20. (Photo courtesy of Food Network).

Attention all Dinner: Impossible and Chef Robert Irvine fans! The Hawaii episode – “Late for the Luau” – filmed on Hawaii’s Big Island airs tomorrow night (Wednesday, Feb. 20) on the Food Network at 8 p.m. HST (10 p.m. EST). Here’s a bit of a teaser of what’s in store:

Chef Robert Irvine caters a Hawaiian luau at Kona Village Resort on Hawaii’s Big Island for 150 people. After receiving a lesson in luau food from renowned Chef Sam Choy, Irvine has to create multiple dishes using only the food and equipment provided and must rely on some of the locals to help him in the kitchen. Can Chef Irvine speed up “Hawaiian time” and complete his mission or will this be Dinner: Impossible?

This particular episode is special, not only because it was filmed in our backyard, but also because my team here at McNeil Wilson Communications secured this show for Hawaii on behalf of our client the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau (HVCB) as part of our public relations initiatives.

Mahalo to Darlene at HVCB for approving the project and to my associates Merrissa and Rhegan for putting it all together and helping onsite with the production. They tell me Chef Robert is a really cool guy who loved his time in Hawaii. Thanks also to Vicky and Kona Village Resort for stepping up and partnering with us, in addition to Sam Choy for taking the time to be a part of the show. And last but not least, a big mahalo to Amie, Kristen, and Natalie at Shooters, Inc. who produced the show.

This should be a lot of fun to watch. Set your DVR or make sure you’re in front of the TV at 8 p.m.


P.S. The Hawaii episode of “Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations” airs on Monday, March 3 on the Travel Channel! More details regarding our involvement will be shared soon.