The mission of Kapiolani Community College’s Culinary Arts Program is to provide a quality education in the culinary and pastry arts with an emphasis on blending the classical techniques with the global influences of our unique geographic location.  This mission is achieved through a progressive curriculum, operational excellence, multi-industry alliances and the promotion of lifelong learning.

New and Exciting at KCC Culinary

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Chef Grant Sato wins Global Taste of Korea Competition in Seoul Korea!

Please join us in congratulating Chef Sato on his big win in Korea.  The competition was grueling but Chef Grant gave it his all and bought home the win!  We are so proud of him!

Congratulations to our very own Chef Grant Sato on winning the 2015 Global Taste of Korea Hawaii Regional Contest.  Chef Grant is now in Korea for the Semi-finals and then on to the finals.  We wish Chef Grant all the very best of luck!

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2015 Global Taste of Korea
Hawaii Regional Contest


The Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Honolulu is receiving applications for the 2015 Global Taste of Korea Hawaii Regional Contest! The Global Taste of Korea is an international Korean culinary competition sponsored by the Korean government. 

Check out the Global Taste of Korea Website (Click!)

Each year, people who are passionate about Korean cuisine participate in regional contests around the world. The winners will be flown to Korea for the semi-final and final stages of the competition. This year Hawaii is one of 17 regional contests held worldwide. If you are a K-foodie, love cooking, want to win a free trip to Korea and go for the $10,000 grand prize—enter the competition!


Date: Monday, July 13, 2015

Location: Kapi’olani Community College (Ohia Building, Rm. 112)

Participant eligibility:

–      ANYONE who loves Korean cuisine and wants to test their culinary skills versus the world!

–      Participants must be U.S. citizens.

–      Because the primary purpose of this contest is to introduce Korean culture through Korean food to people who are not familiar with Korean culture, as well as to insure the equitability of this event, participants and their parents can never have held Korean citizenship and at least one parent should not be of Korean heritage.

–      Participants must be able to travel to Korea from August 20-28, 2015, for the semi-final and final contests. (Please note: if the winner of the preliminaries cannot participate in the International contest in Korea, that participant will be disqualified as a winner, and the second place contestant will be selected as the substitute.)

–      Participants must abide by all contest rules and requirements.

Contest Timeline:

–      11:30am-12:00pm: Opening

–      12:00pm-1:00pm: Contest “Japchae!”

–      1:00pm-2:30pm: Presentation and evaluation (each participant will have three minutes to present their dish to the judges)

–      2:30pm: Closing (participants dismissed until the dinner reception)

–      5:00pm-7:00pm: Award ceremony and dinner reception (All participants are invited to the reception, and may bring up to two guests.)


–      Hawaii Regional Awards: $500 (1st place), $300 (2nd place), $200 (1st place)

–      The winner of the regional contest will also receive a free trip to Korea to participate in the International competition!

–      Grand Prize: $10,000 cash

Contest Details:

–       Contestants will have one hour to create their own special japchae dish

–       A maximum of 12 contestants will be chosen

–       Standard kitchen equipment will be provided (saucepans, pans, bowls, etc.)

–       Contestants must provide all of their own personal tools (knives, etc.) and any specialized equipment

–       Contestants may bring one special ingredient or seasoning to enhance their dish

–       All contestants are responsible for set-up and final cleaning of their stations.

Judging Criteria

–       Contestants will be judged on the following criteria:

Presentation and creativity

Flavor and nutritional balance

Recipe and ingredient compatibility

Texture and doneness

Knowledge of Korean cuisine and demonstration of Korean cooking techniques

How to apply:

–      Please download the application form as well as the Consent and Agreement found below, fill them out, and send to consulatehi@mofa.go.kr no later than July 5, 2015!

Global Taste of Korea Application Form


–      Applicants who make a self-introduction video, post it on YouTube, and send us the link will get additional points in evaluation. (Winner of the Regional Contest will be eventually required to submit a video introduction.)

Please contact Michelle You at (808)595-6109 (x15) orconsulatehi@mofa.go.kr with any inquires. 










Join us for Mother’s Day Brunch.  Call us at 734-9499 for more information.

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Please join us for a multi course dinner of top grade farm raised Maguro from Northern Japan.  Dinner to be prepared by Chef Takashi Kato and Chef Shingo Yamamoto of the Tuna Company Ltd., Japan.

When:  April 21, 2015  5:30 pm
Where:  Tamarind Room, Ohelo Bldg.
Price: $100 per person
Please call Kristy at 734-9499 for reservations.  Seating is limited so call soon!

All proceeds will go to the Kapiolani Community College ACF Competition Team to help them get ready for the next competition in Kona, Hawaii next year.  Mahalo for your support!

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*** SPRING TUITION due by 4pm, Friday, December 12th ***

Just a reminder that spring tuition is due no later than 4:00 p.m., Friday, December 12th.  Pay early to guarantee keeping your classes.

You may take advantage of the installment payment plan, where for a $30 fee, you can pay via installments to a credit or debit card, or via your checking or savings account.

Students receiving FAFSA should check to make sure your award is in order.

*** ELAND Fabrication Demonstration –

email megami@hawaii.edu to sign up ***

Please email Chef Egami to sign up for next Friday’s December 12th, 2:30 p.m. eland fabrication demonstration in Ohia 118.


***** ACF Culinary Arts Expo – December 12th *****

Eland Fabrication Demo and Tasting Info Sheet_email megami@hawaii.edu to sign up


***** Apply for fall 2015 – spring 2016 UH Scholarships Now – March 1, 2015 *****

Yes, you may now apply for fall 2015-spring 2016 UH scholarships.

Apply online at https://uhsys.scholarships.ngwebsolutions.com

  • Please download your volunteer log sheet to the online application & turn in a hard copy to Lori
  • Deadline to press the SUBMIT button to apply is 3/1/2015
  • We have a good amount of culinary scholarships for the coming year.
  • You may start your online application now and submit it later.
  • Volunteer log sheet hours are required for CULN scholarships
  • Last year, many CULN majors received other non-CULN scholarships on the basis of their essays.


As graduation is around the corner, we wanted to remind your ACFEF Accredited Program graduates of the opportunity for them to apply for certification with the American Culinary Federation.  The process is so easy, but it’s not automatic.  They must apply within one year.  And if they join (or are already members), their certification is free! 

Application + Associate’s or Bachelor’s Degree Transcript = Certified Culinarian or Certified Pastry Culinarian (depending on area of study)
Complete Application for ACFEF Accredited Associate Degree Program Graduates and send it in with final transcript that shows degree and graduation date.

Application + Certificate or Diploma Transcript + 1 year of work experience = Certified Culinarian or Certified Pastry Culinarian (depending on area of study)
Complete Application for ACFEF Accredited Certificate/Diploma Program Graduates and have your employer complete theEmployment Documentation Form and send both in with final transcript that shows certificate/diploma date.

Please  let me know if you have any questions.
Lisa Emmons | Certification Administrator | American Culinary Federation, Inc.|

180 Center Place Way St. Augustine, FL 32095 | Direct (904) 484-0222| (800) 624-9458, ext. 122| Fax (904) 940-0742| www.acfchefs.org


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Culinary Arts Hawaiian Turkey to Go Dinners 2014

We will be doing a presale of our Hawaiian Thanksgiving Dinner to go.  Click THANKSGIVING DINNER TO GO 2014 for more information

» Aug. 25 to Dec. 19: On display at the KCC Lama Library: South Asian Cuisine exhibition, featuring South Asian recipes prepared for Doris Duke by chef Kusuma Cooray will be on view, along with materials from the Shangri La Historical Archives; admission is free

» Oct. 6: Chef Cooking Demo by executive chef Hemant Oberoi and two master chefs from Mumbai’s Taj Hotel. Learn about Mughal cuisine through a lecture with Tajchefs, co-sponsored by Shangri La, Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art. Please join us for the Mughal cuisine cooking demonstration and tasting in the KCC auditorium,2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Ohia Building, room 118; seating is limited; admission is free

Please call Culinary Arts at (808) 734-9499 for more information!

Kapi`olani Culinary and King’s Hawaiians new collaboration will bring a new food venue to our campus.  The King’s Hawaiian Food Truck with be selling food on-campus Monday through Thursday in Lot A next to the Kopiko Building.  All dishes will feature King’s Hawaiian products and will be grab and go though some tables and benches will be placed around the area should you want to sit and enjoy being outdoors.  

Check out the write up on the truck by Diane Seo at Frolic Hawaii

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Community Partners and Sponsors

yhataHawaii Farm BureauHawaii Department of EducationHMSADepartment of HealthHFM FoodserviceRotary Club of Ala Moana HawaiiUSDANOAADepartment of Agriculture