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Chef receives national honor

Chef Noah Hester of The Blue Dragon restaurant in Kawaihae has been honored as one of the country’s top culinary talents in the inaugural edition of “Best Chefs America.”

This is the first-ever peer review guide of U.S. chefs, who were chosen after extensive interviews between their fellow chefs and “Best Chefs America” analysts.

Hester has been showcased in the informative and attractive 386-page coffee table book that was released on March 1.

“Chefs themselves truly understand what it takes to be successful in this competitive industry, and ‘Best Chefs America’ offers them a forum to express their views,” said Elizabeth Fishburne, “Best Chefs America” lead analyst. “Based on the overwhelmingly positive response from more than 5,000 participating chefs, it is clear that the chef world was ready for us.”

“Best Chefs America” is the ultimate chef’s guide to chefs. Analysts conducted more than 5,000 confidential telephone interviews with chefs who were nominated by other chefs, culinary professionals and food enthusiasts across the country.

The interviews consisted of a series of proprietary questions, and software was used to aggregate the data.

Chefs earning the highest scores among their peers in their region were included in the guide.

“Best Chefs America” can be purchased online at

“I am honored to be part of this book, especially since it’s based on the opinions of chefs that I respect,” stated Hester. “Seeing my name next to so many other prominent chefs validates what I have worked all my life towards.

“I have to give thanks to all my crew. I could not do this without them, especially Sous Chef Curtis Taylor: He deserves the same recognition.” Visit


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