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Sam Choy is a chef, restaurateur, and television personality known as a founding contributor of "Pacific rim cuisine".


Choy, Sam was born on January 27, 1952 in Laie, Hawaii, United States.


Culinary courses, University Hawaii.


Choy is an alumnus of the Kapiolani Community College Culinary Arts program. One of his first jobs as a chef was at The Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City. He would then return to Hawaii, where he eventually opened a chain of restaurants.

Choy helped develop and popularize Hawaii regional cuisine. In 1991, Choy founded the Poke Festival and Recipe Contest. The award recognizes "beloved regional restaurants" that reflect the character of their communities.

Choy has appeared in several Food TV programs, including Ready. Set... Cook! and Iron Chef America. Lagasse has also mentioned Choy by name several times in his TV shows.

One of those times he was making Poke on his live TV show, and added peanut butter to the Poke - Choy's "secret ingredient". In 2015, Choy broadcast a series on YouTube, Sam Choy In The Kitchen. Choy has adesigned special Hawaiian inspired dishes for American Airlines first class passengers to and from Hawaii.

Created Huki Lau Cafe (no longer owned by Choy, Laie, O'ahu, Hawaii)Sam Choy's Breakfast, Lunch, and Crab (Closed in 2013)Sam Choy's (Tumon Bay, Guam)Sam Choy's Kai Lanai ( Big Island, Hawaii)Sam Choy's Poke to the Max (Seattle, Washington).


  • In 2004, Choy was awarded the James Beard Foundation Award America's Classics Award for Sam Choy's Kaloko in Kailua-Kona, on the Big Island of Hawaii.


He is good friends with Emeril Lagasse, who has appeared on Choy's TV show Sam Choy's Kitchen on KHNL.


  • Other Interests

    Golf, fishing.


Married; two sons.