NINTH ANNUAL - OCTOBER 5-27, 2019 - SAVE THE DATE!
Sophia Stark won the Hawaii Food & Wine Festival’s recipe contest in 2015 and is thrilled to be back as a judge this year. She was a contestant on season six of MasterChef Junior and received a coveted white apron. Cooking and baking since the age of six, she is inspired by her family and the American culinary legend Julia Child. Stark strives to use fresh, local ingredients and to showcase “island flair” in her dishes (her favorites are filet mignon, lamb, opah, and European-style desserts). She loves to travel and sample dishes from the mainland, Europe, and Asia. She hopes to inspire kids (and adults) by showing them how cooking can be fun and enjoyable, from making staple classics to trying new flavors and ingredients to create something unique. Her memorable cooking experiences include organizing and executing a benefit dinner for the Children’s Miracle Network at Roy’s Hawaii Kai, working alongside Chef Roy Yamaguchi and Executive Chef Lyndsey Simone this year.
Stark is also an artist, and has won local, national, and international art prizes and awards including the Toyota World Dream Car Art Contest. This prize included an all-expense paid trip to Japan for her and her family. Another passion for Stark is singing. She made her professional operatic debut at the age of eight and has performed other solo roles with the Hawaii Opera Theatre. In addition, she has won prizes in many singing competitions. Last year, Stark and her family were invited to Shanghai, China, where she taught and performed hula and sang as soloist with an orchestra. This past May, Stark won the title of Miss Hawaii’s Outstanding Teen 2018, and at the national competition won the Miss Congeniality/Spirit of America award. At home in front of a camera, Stark has appeared on local, national, and international TV shows and movies. Born and raised in Hawaii, she is a home-schooled eighth grader and enjoys performing and traveling with her family.