Steven Ariel, 30, chef de cuisine, Alan Wong's Pineapple Room, Liberty House.
Training and background: Culinary arts degree, University of Hawai'i, West Hawai'i campus; in the industry for 13 years; began working with chef Wong at the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows Le Soleil restaurant. "My cooking style is Hawai'i Regional Cuisine. I love to cook with kalua pig; it's very versatile and everyone loves it in lasagna, pizzas, sandwiches, risottos, nachos, salads and soups."
Meal: Foie gras; fat, juicy rib steaks; rich, creamy cheeses.
Comfort food: Portuguese bean soup, oxtail soup, duck soup.
Cookbook: "New Wave Lu'au" by Alan Wong. "I worked hard on it."
Cooking show: "East/West with Ming Tsai."
Kitchen tool: "My little spatula or my tongs."
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