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Chalan Pago native competes on NBC's "Food Fighters"

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 by Jason Salas

Guam - 41-year-old Elisha Joyce is a Guam girl to the core and proudly represents her island home as one of the stars of NBC's new cooking competition, Food Fighters. She's the daughter of well-known Benny Crawford, with the show being hosted by Adam Richman, who many of you will recognize from 'Man vs. Food".

The Notre Dame High School alum, who now lives with her husband and kids in Portland, Oregon, brings a distinct style and flavor to her culinary creations, derived purely from her love if island cooking, a technique introduced to her by her grandmother during her formative years growing up in Chalan Pago.

She describes her style as distinctly Chamorro, with her own natural creativity fusing tradition with health and taste, with a heavy slant on art and craftsmanship. "And so obviously my flavors are going to be bent to the island, so lots of coconut, lots of estufao, lots of kelaguens, I do a lot of that kind of thing in my house. And what I love to eat the most these days is to replace rice I eat a lot of quinao - it's what I'm known for here in Portland, it's my specialty. It's what I blog a lot about," she told KUAM News.

But oddly, she didn't develop this signature style until she went off to college and met a very special mister, as she explained, "When I met my husband and we were dating I thought I need to do something to keep this man and feed him some good stuff. And I really just harken back to how my Nana would feed me: with absolute love."

And while she's now a half a world away this proves that you can take the girl away from the island, but you can never take the island out of the girl's kitchen. "Even for me, I make kadu here when it's cold, but I will also make kadu in the summer because I can still eat that when it's hot. I think I've kind of trained my kids to expect to get stew here even when it's hot, just because that's how I grew up," Joyce said.

and because of her appeal both in her infectious charm and the fact that she hails from a tiny island in the middle of the pacific will endear her to viewers, tonight's premiere prominently features Joyce.

You can find out more about her at her blog at RebelGrain.com.

Catch the season premiere of Food Fighters tonight at 7pm on KUAM-TV8. So get on board, Guam, and let's all join Team Elisha!!!

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