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Kaiseki chef defies expectations

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BRYAN BERKOWITZ / SPECIAL TO THE STAR-ADVERTISER

Chefs Shaden Sato, left, Alan Wong, Niki Nakayama and Carole Iida Nakayama find the fun in sorting and counting taro chips for a dish at Sunday’s Lucky 7 dining event.

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BRYAN BERKOWITZ / SPECIAL TO THE STAR-ADVERTISER

“Food is not a one-way street. It’s not art. It has to be reciprocal. It only works when the producer and the receiver both enjoy the experience,” said Niki Nakayama, chef and owner, n/naka, Los Angeles.

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BRYAN BERKOWITZ / SPECIAL TO THE STAR-ADVERTISER

Nakayama’s dish at this year’s Hawaii Food & Wine Festival event on Maui featured a ladled scoop of dashi over abalone with poached foie gras.