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James Jacobson started a lifelong fascination with food while watching his grandmother cook. His grandmother was born in Germany and trained to be the perfect hostess and a master of French cuisine, her food was simply splendid. She would not write her recipes down, but she allowed James to take notes. He still consults his childhood recipe collection for dinner ideas. Much later when James started his business and marketing consultancy, he took on several Washington, DC-area restaurants as clients. A world traveler, he has eaten at the best restaurants in countless cities. His knowledge of food springs from his culinary adventures, training at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, and taking classes with Mother Theresa’s personal chef. Between 1990 and 2003 he traveled between Maui and DC every few weeks (72 trips in all), affording him plenty of time to eat at every restaurant on Maui. In 2003 he moved to Maui full time, where he remains obsessed with food.
Molly Jacobson spent her childhood in the kitchen cooking for her family and baking all the birthday cakes, including her own. Her fascination with how food could bring people together started when she was a teenager helping her natural foods chef aunt cook for thirty at Thanksgiving. With houses full of outstanding cooks in both sides of her family, she drew inspiration from Maine to Louisiana. While other kids were eating marshmallow fluff and fruit rollups, she was working her way through tofu, homemade yogurt, and sprouts. Going to school in Boston and living in New York City broadened her horizons and blew her tastebuds with exotic cuisines. A three year layover in Montana on her way to Maui affirmed for her just how fantastic fresh, local produce, poultry, and beef could be when prepared simply and with great love. Maui, with its volcanoes, rich soil, clean waters, and cultural melting pot, is her version of paradise.
Ken Lovering is a writer and publishs the “Travel on a Dime Now” series, is a 12-year veteran of value-minded travel. His E-Books and E-Reports reveal how to see the world, from Maui to Mozambique, on the tightest budget — even free. For more tips, and a FREE E-Report “20 Strategies to Keep Your Travel Costs Way Down,” visit TravelonaDimeNow.com.
Chef James McDonald is one of Maui’s most passionate pioneers of the Farm to Table dining movement. Chef/Owner for Lahaina’s pacific’O, I’o, and the gourmet beachside luau Feast at Lele, Chef James also owns the organic O’o Farm in Kula and ‘aina, the gourmet market at Honua Kai Resort. He urges everyone to “Get your eat on!” Even though he has lived on Maui for decades, he has never forgotten his Philly roots… or the Philadelphia area pro teams.
Stephanie Nelson is a writer who spent decades stalking Manhattan’s restaurants and keeping silent about her opinions. Now living full time on Maui, she finds it hard to keep quiet about food. Stephanie is always on the lookout for the next delectable treat.
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