Sam Choy's Poké to the Max

USA | 2016 | 40 minutes | Terrence Jeffrey Santos

Poké is a Hawaiian fish dish known around the world thanks to the "Godfather of Poké," Food Network chef Sam Choy, who was born to a family of cooks and turned his passion into a craze that is about to take over Seattle with a wave of food trucks.

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Poké, meaning to cut or slice, is a salad of raw seafood (often yellowfin tuna or octopus) mixed with Asian seasonings, which has become emblematic of the Hawaiian Islands' multi-ethnic culture. Chef and Food Network star Sam Choy was born into a family of cooks. In fact, the ability to cook was a skill required of Choy and his siblings from a young age. ("If you didn't cook, you didn't eat," remembers Choy's brother.) For Sam, however, this demand would turn first into a passion, then a profession; he would become known as the Godfather of Poké by the many locals who watched his cooking show. Choy's passion for Poké would continue to grow, eventually taking shape as a fleet of food trucks—perhaps the first such trucks in existence, establishing what is now a nationwide trend. Delightful and delectable, Sam Choy's Poké to the Max charts Choy's meteoric rise and the exploding popularity of both Poké and the food-truck phenomenon, just at the moment when Choy's Poké to the Max food trucks have arrived in Seattle, bringing the true taste of Hawaii to the Emerald City.

Director Biography
A Seattle-based independent filmmaker, Terrence Jeffrey Santos has collaborated on multiple projects including narrative, commercial, and especially documentary work. He was a co-producer and cinematographer for the 2013 Best of SIFF documentary The Otherside, which documented the Seattle area's rising hip-hop music industry from 2009 to 2011.

Sponsored by 4Culture, Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, Washington State Arts Commission, National Endowment for the Arts, CityArts, Seattle Weekly

  • Director: Terrence Jeffrey Santos
  • Principal Cast: Sam Choy, Geo Quibuyen, Yuji Okumoto, Max Heigh
  • Premiere Status: World Premiere
  • Country: USA
  • Year: 2016
  • Running Time: 40 minutes
  • Producer: Max Heigh, Terrence Santos
  • Screenplay: Terrence Santos
  • Cinematographers: Terrence Santos, Derek Edamura
  • Editors: Derek Edamura, Terrence Santos, Darien Brown
  • Music: Kore Ionz, Blue Scholars
  • Filmography: Debut Feature Film
  • Language: English
  • Format: DCP