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Elmer Guzman was born and raised on Maui and attended the culinary program at Kapiolani Community College and The Greenbrier - which is one the world's most prestigious culinary program. Guzman has also worked with iconic chefs such as Sam Choy, Emeril Lagasse and Alan Wong.
He is the owner and executive chef of two Poke Stop locations. The first location established in Waipahu Town Center in 2005 and the second location opened in Mililani Mauka in 2009. In September 2014, Poke Stop became one of the companies to be featured at Hawaii’s Favorite Kitchens in Kapahulu.
He also has a catering division which operates under the name Chef Elmer Guzman's Island Cuisine. The catering division gives chef the opportunity to utilize his diverse culinary background to branch out and create delectable and innovative cuisine. Chef Elmer also supports local businesses by "buying local" and developed the "Adopt a Farm" program with Mari's Garden in 2013.