Dawn Sakamoto Paiva has two decades of experience in the book and magazine publishing industries. She has worked on numerous award-winning cookbooks with prominent Hawai'i chefs and has a passion for food and drink. She started her own business, Put It On My Plate, in 2014, offering communications, marketing, event coordination, and photography, services for chefs, restaurants, bars, and food-related businesses. Paiva was born and raised in Windward O'ahu and attended Kenyon College, a liberal arts college in Ohio, where she received her bachelor's degree in English with magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa honors. She is a member of Les Dames d'Escoffier, Hawai'i Chapter and maintains (off and on!) a food and travel blog, Sugar + Shake, which was awarded "Best Hawai'i Features Blog" in its first year online by the Hawai'i Society of Professional Journalists.
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