Culinary Cinema | 2016 | 40 minutes
Stranger Says: The first few minutes of this short film feel like a tribute video to Hawaiian chef Sam Choy—the kind with glowing reminiscences by friends and family that’s watched at an uncle’s 60th birthday party. The film does contain a few excellent moments exploring native Hawaiian ingredients and cuisine, as well as the multicultural effects foreign-owned plantations and migrant Asian workers had on Hawaiian culture. Sadly, though, it never rises above being a promotional video for the restaurant and food truck owned by Choy and his business partners. (ANGELA GARBES)
SIFF Says:Poké, meaning to cut or slice, is a salad of raw seafood (often yellowfin tuna or octopus) mixed with Asian seasonings, which has become emblematic of the Hawaiian Islands' multi-ethnic culture. Chef and Food Network star Sam Choy was born into a family of cooks. In fact, the ability to cook was a skill required of Choy and his siblings from a young age. (“If you didn't cook, you didn't eat,”) remembers Choy's brother. For Sam, however, this demand would turn first into a passion and then a profession; he became known as the Godfather of Poké by the many locals who watched his cooking show. Choy's passion for Poké would continue to grow, eventually taking shape as a fleet of food trucks—perhaps the first such trucks in existence, establishing what is now a nationwide trend. Delightful and delectable, Sam Choy's Poké to The Max charts Choy’s meteoric rise and the exploding popularity of both Poké and the food-truck phenomenon, just at the moment when Choy's Poké to the Max food trucks have arrived in Seattle, bringing the true taste of Hawaii to the Emerald City.
No Showtimes Found