Elizabeth Falkner - Hawaii Food & Wine Festival

TENTH ANNUAL - SAVE THE DATE – OCTOBER 2-25, 2020

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Elizabeth Falkner

Falk Yeah! Productions - Brooklyn, NY

Elizabeth Falkner was born in San Francisco, grew up in Los Angeles and moved and worked her way up in kitchens in San Francisco in the 1990’s and owned and ran several restaurants through 2014. Today FalkneR does recipe development and consults for numerous products and brands. She also does motivational speaking and has been a guest speaker at Yale University several times and at Columbia University, as well as at various corporations, groups, and events.

Now living in NY, Falkner is an author of 3 cookbooks and an upcoming memoir.

Cooking competitions are a favorite “sport” for Her. FalkneR has appeared on over 40 of the television cooking competition programs on Food Network, Cooking Channel, and Bravo, NBC, as well as made appearances on many other shows. She has appeared in many food magazines, and has received multiple awards, as well as a nomination for a James Beard Award (2005).

Falkner relentlessly cooks for charity events and Food & Wine Festivals all over. Falkner does both savory and sweet, traditional and modern. She is an advocate for people and chefs to think more like athletes and “stay fit to cook”. After playing soccer for 28 years, she picked up sword fighting fitness and martial arts, yoga, pilates and running distance races. She ran her first marathon, the NY Marathon in 2016. In 2019 Falkner will participate in Chefs Cycle for No Kid Hungry and ride 300 miles in 3 days to raise money along with other chefs for hungry children across the country.



WHY DID YOU BECOME A CHEF?

The California Food Revolution was all around me and I said, “Sign me up!”

HOW DO YOU DESCRIBE YOUR COOKING IN THREE WORDS?
Explorative, attentive, borderless.

WHAT’S THE BEST HONOR YOU’VE RECEIVED AS A CHEF?
My current project, which is redefining the food vocabulary at Yale University.

WHAT IS YOUR GO-TO MEAL AFTER A BUSY DAY?
I love making handmade pasta and whatever is in season to go with the pasta.

HOW DO YOU SPEND YOUR TIME WHEN YOU’RE NOT IN THE KITCHEN?
Training for ChefsCycle and other sports and fitness.

WHAT THE ONE LOCAL INGREDIENT YOU’RE EXCITED TO COOK WITH DURING HFWF19?
Macadamia nuts.

WHAT KEEPS YOU RETURNING BACK TO THE ISLANDS?
The HFWF is top notch and I love being in Hawai’i and experiencing all of its beauty!

IF YOU WERE NOT A CHEF, WHAT WOULD YOU BE AND WHY?
A pro soccer player! I played until I was 38 and I love seeing women soccer players playing pro today!