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Kings Shops announces July 4 cooking contest winners

<p>Chefs Keoyuki Corotan, Cary Peterson of Kohala Burger &amp; Taco, and Ippy Aiona of Three Fat Pigs pose for a photo after the July 4 cooking competition at Waikoloa King’s Shops.</p>

Chefs Keoyuki Corotan, Cary Peterson of Kohala Burger & Taco, and Ippy Aiona of Three Fat Pigs pose for a photo after the July 4 cooking competition at Waikoloa King’s Shops.

Cary Peterson of Kohala Burger & Taco won Waikoloa King’s Shops July 4th cooking competition for island chefs sponsored by Three Fat Pigs Restaurant and Gastorpub.

Peterson’s son Connor assisted him in preparing a summer meal from a mystery box of ingredients. Peterson’s box contained marlin, dried cranberries, Maui onion, and black garlic. The team had only 40 minutes in front of a large crowd to create an entree. The finished meal was poke-style marlin sliders with “Crazyn-Garlic Mayo,” Asian slaw and fresh warm corn relish. Keoyuki Corotan was awarded second place. Volunteer judges for the competition were Bob Matsuda, Darde Gamayo, and Penny Verdenburg.

All winners were awarded prizes donated by merchants in the King’s Shops. Three Fat Pigs owner Ippy Aiona and his father Max Aiona organized the contest in conjunction with the 22nd Annual Rubber Duckie Race that raises funds for United Cerebral Palsy Association of Hawaii for those with disabilities in our community.

Donna Fouts, executive director of UCPA of Hawaii, reports the organization raised more than $31,000 through donations at this year’s event.