Ippy Aiona keeps it easy: Famed Waimea chef releases new cookbook with simple, local-style dishes

  • courtesy photo Waimea chef Philip “Ippy” Aiona’s “Easy Hawaiian Cookbook” is listed as Amazon’s No. 1 New Release in Pacific Rim Cooking, Food and Wine.

It’s been a decade since Chef Philip “Ippy” Aiona was, at 23, the youngest competitor on “Food Network Star,” winning fans with his flowing locks, since shorn, and easy smile, which he still possesses. He went deep into the competition, a mere episode from the finals.