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‘Food Network Star’ finalist in Hapuna grilling showdown (Oct. 24)


WHO: “Grilled and Chilled” Event

WHAT: “Food Network Star” finalist Nikki Martin, a.k.a. “Grill Next Door,” will join Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel Executive Chef Peter Abarcar, Jr. and Chef de Cuisine Vincent Logan in a friendly grilling and mixology competition where guests decide whose grilling is great and whose cocktail is sublime.

Incorporating ingredients from the bountiful Coast Grille garden, the chefs will be challenged to prepare two composed plates at their respective grill stations and shake up a cocktail to accompany both dishes. The winning chef will receive bragging rights and a commemorative kiawe wood plaque carved from a tree harvested in the Coast Grille garden.


Nikki Martin was a finalist during the 2011 season of “Food Network Star.” In addition to serving as a private chef and food and beverage consultant, she also hosts a regular cooking segment on the CBS-KCAL morning show in Los Angeles.

Hawaii Island native Peter Abarcar, Jr. is executive chef of Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel and oversees all culinary operations at the 350-room oceanfront resort.

As chef de cuisine at Coast Grille, Vincent Logan utilizes ingredients from Coast Grille’s own garden in the nightly menu.

Coast Grille’s monthly Locavore Series, developed by Abarcar and now continued by Logan, features a singular Hawaii Island grown ingredient in a three or four course prix fixe menu.

WHEN: 6-8:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24

WHERE: Coast Grille Restaurant, Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel

COST: $80 per person (inclusive of tax and gratuity) includes three grill stations and cocktails along with an abundance of salads, side dishes and desserts. The specially prepared cocktails will feature spirits provided by Young’s Market.

RESERVATIONS: 808-880-1111

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