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Planning the Shoyu Poke Showdown

The thing that spun it out of control was a conversation I had with my friend Sean who is the self-proclaimed "Poke Master." Normally I would laugh at anybody who is a self-proclaimed "master" of some kind of local grinds, but Sean get some clout cause he predicted Kakaako Kitchen hamburger steak would do well...and it placed 1st out of 8. Then he recommended Sam Choy's BLC beef stew was his favorite...and it placed 3rd among 10 of the best beef stews. Anyways, when Sean heard that we was planning the Shoyu Poke Showdown, he gave me a list of about 7 of his top places for poke. So now I had Sean's 7, plus I already was thinking of about 5 places, plus we wanted to include the big supermarkets to compete against the Mom and Pop markets, so we ended up with a list of about 18 places to chose from. So thanks to Sean and his love for poke, things got out of hand.

We had some more people who wanted to be judges for this one. I never know so much people liked Shoyu Poke. So we ended up having 7 judges, 2 who never judged with us before. So this part wasn't out of control, but 7 judges is on the high side.

So in the few hours before the WOW Grinds blind taste test, we went around the island and picked up 1/2 pound shoyu poke from each place and iced them down.

We did the same side by side judging style as the Fried Rice Fiesta where all the pokes was lined up on a table with their random letter. Then the judges served themselves in any order and scored each one. We did weighted scoring again with taste=50%, texture=30% and presentation=20%.