When most people think of visiting Hawaii, they think of white-sand beaches, active volcanoes, and a laid-back surfer culture. Melissa King -- Top Chef Season 12 finalist, first-ever chef ambassador for Whole Foods Market, and one of the best female chefs in San Francisco -- thinks of food.
“As a chef... I want to learn about the regional cuisine, see where their food comes from, what’s growing there, and how are they using it and turning it into dishes,” she says.
“When I travel, I’m always eating; that’s why I enjoy it so much.”
After hearing about Hawaii’s developing culinary scene a couple of years ago, King decided to take a trip to Oahu to visit several farms and eat her way around Honolulu and the North Shore. In addition to gaining some much-needed R&R, she returned to the mainland a different chef. Here are her picks, from literally farm to table, as well as what she learned along the way.