Actually, I live here in Hawaii and am pretty good at identifying the local races and mixes. My guess is that Gene is a local boy of Filipino descent. He is from Whitmore Village which is in Waipahu on the Island of Oahu. I lived in Waipahu for 7 years and most of the residents are Filipino or Samoan, and a smattering of other races and mixes, and a lot of military personnel. Therefore, he would be a Filipino American. We are proud of Gene . . he almost won the first challenge making an Indian dish that impressed Patma and the judges without really knowing the Indian cuisine. I guess I can't help it, he's my favorite this year.