One of the advantages of working for Florida Food & Farm is that we get to meet a lot of great people — people who are committed to bringing fresh and local ingredients to our tables. From chefs and farmers to artisan producers and instructors, these people are really making an impact on our community. For that, we think they deserve an ongoing feature in Florida Food & Farm.

Say hello to Local Tastemakers, our bi-monthly column, where we will feature local members of the food community who we want to tell the world about.

For our first feature, let us introduce you to Wok Star Eleanor Hoh.

Photo Credit: Gretchen Kitchen inside ALNO Kitchens, Design District

Photo Credit: Gretchen Kitchen inside ALNO Kitchens, Design District


Name: Eleanor Hoh

Company: Wok Star

What she does: Eleanor takes her love for wok cooking and shares it with the world. She offers bi-monthly classes, perfect for the novice up, where she teaches the students how to prepare healthy meals in 30 minutes or less using a wok. Because of her calm nature and no recipe, no measuring, no calorie-counting approach to cooking, Eleanor makes becoming a wok star easy, something that anyone can accomplish. Her classes help bring families back into the kitchen and teach them life-long skills to enjoy the season’s bounty.

Words of Advice: There are four requirements for success in becoming a wok star. Use a lightweight cast-iron wok; high heat and from the right heat source (gas is the only option); the right technique and quality ingredients.

Other Offerings: While Eleanor’s classes do take place in the Miami area, she also sells Wok Star DVDs, where she brings her classroom into your home, and a pre-seasoned wok as part of her Wok Star Kit.

Outside of Teaching: When she is outside of her classroom, Eleanor enjoys traveling and learning about new cultures (and their cooking techniques, of course); a good comedy show; and exploring what Miami has to offer — including the quirky, off-the-wall things that you can find there.

Why we adore her even more: In addition to supporting a variety of local non-profits like Common Threads and Share our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign, Eleanor offers free cooking classes to the parents of adopted Asian children.

Shout-Out from Eleanor (because it is always great finding out about new people who support local): Chef Cindy Hill, whose company Once Upon a Carrot, a non-profit organization, delivers ingredients from a local community of farms straight to your door.

Visit Wokstar online to learn more about Eleanor, sign up for her classes or to buy any of her wokstar products.