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‘Grilled and Chilled’ Features Nikki Martin

Posted September 11, 2014, 01:32 PM HST
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The 2011 ‘Food Network Star’ finalist will grill against chefs from the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel. Courtesy photo.

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 on Friday, Oct. 24, 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Coast Grille Restaurant, Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel.

Guests in attendance will be deciding whose grilling is great and whose cocktail is sublime, said a release.

With 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.

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.

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Abarcar, a Hawaii Island native, 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, Logan utilizes ingredients from Coast Grille’s 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.

The cost is $80 per person including tax and gratuity) and includes three grill stations and cocktails along with an abundance of salads, side dishes and desserts.

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