Meet Food Network Star Contestant Philip “Ippy” Aiona From the Big Island

Philip “Ippy” Aiona, 23, from Kamuela, Hawaii, is one of the remaining contestants on Season 8 of Food Network’s wildly popular “Food Network Star,” airing Sundays 9E/8C, and locally on Oceanic Channel 321 at 6 p.m., with a repeat at 9 p.m. (Channel 60 on the East Side of the Big Island).  The winner of the show will have his/her own program on the Food Network.  The winner will be decided later this summer.

Known as “mellow” and “low-key,” Ippy doesn’t think he needs to compete in an aggressive or negative way, and feels his skills in the kitchen, as well as his own style make him a viable contestant.  Pretty mature attitude for the youngest contestant to ever be on the show.  As part of “Team Giada” (De Laurentiis), Ippy brings his culinary talents to the table with a definite sense of aloha.  The Hawaiian-Italian Aiona knows he is representing Hawaii, and tries to incorporate the Pacific into his dishes whenever possible.

Aiona’s “day job” is as Executive Chef for his parents’ Italian restaurant, Solimene, in Waimea. (

Ippy will be in Honolulu from Sunday, June 10th through Wednesday, June 13th, and will be at the following events.  He is also available for media interviews at the Dave & Buster’s event tonight, and by appointment via Mona Wood-Sword or Sam Aiona (Cell. 808-306-2444).

WHO:  Private Event (*Media who wish to cover this event should contact Shriners Hospital, directly, at (808) 941-4466.)
WHAT:  Ippy Aiona will be serving lunch to the patients at Shriner’s Hospital.
WHEN:  Sunday, June 10, 2012 • 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
WHERE: Shriners Hospital of the Pacific – Family Center, 1310 Punahou Street, Honolulu

WHO: Public welcome.
 WHAT:  “FOOD NETWORK STAR” Viewing Party with local contestant, Ippy Aiona.
WHEN:  Sunday, June 10, 2012 • 5:00-8:00 p.m. (show starts at 6:00 p.m.)
WHERE:  Dave and Buster’s Showroom, Ward Entertainment Center, 1030 Auahi Street, 2nd floor
 WHY:  Meet & greet with Ippy Aiona.
 HOW:  Free admission.  No-host bar and food.


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