Amanda Smith is a private chef and TV food host in Hawaii. She can be seen regularly cooking on Hawaii’s lifestyle program, Living808 on khon2. She also hosts Sustainable You Hawaii on kauaitv where she showcases trendy and healthy restaurants for tourists on the travel and visitor channel.
ASIAN AMERICAN & PACIFIC ISLANDER CHEF & TV FOOD HOST
A Kauai native with Filipino roots, she was crowned Mrs. United States 2019. Amanda always loved cooking and acquired a talent for farm to table recipe development at a young age. This eventually became the foundation for success as an entrepreneur in the culinary field. She also used her platform to inspire families to eat healthy and clean.
Amanda received her degree in early childhood education from the University of Hawaii which provided her the skills to launch a first-rate culinary and nutrition educational program for children. Her grow, cook and eat non-profit program became Amanda’s passion project known as Menehune Chef. She collaborated with public personalities who helped bring her dream to fruition with restauranteur and Hawaii TV personality Chef Sam Choy, professional volleyball player Gabby Reece and actress Shailene Woodley. The foundation taught thousands of elementary and high school kids how to cook with sustainable foods grown on the Hawaiian Islands.
PRIVATE CHEF SPECIALIZING IN SUSTAINABLE COOKING
A self-taught private chef who supports Hawaii’s local food system, Amanda is known for her healthy home-cooked meals served family style. Her delicious menus are built around island foods sourced from local farmers – hokulakauai kauaifoodhub. This includes grass-fed meats, organic poultry, wild caught local fish, and fruits and vegetables indigenous to Hawaii. Some of her dishes infused with island flavors and ingredients beautifully illustrated in the food photos on this page are Thai Red Curry Coconut Veggie Soup with Thai Rice Noodles, Vegan Raspberry Coconut Tart Filled with Coconut Pudding and Topped with Berries, and Crispy Chopped Quinoa Kale Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette.
Amanda is a single mom raising her two beautiful children, 12-year-old Nevaeh and 8-year-old year old Jett.