Monthly Archives: March 2012

2012 Highlights

Students who have successfully completed CULN 120 –Fundamentals of Cookery, may enroll in CULN 207 –Culinary Competition I. The Kapi`olani Culinary Arts Program’s American Culinary Federation Junior Chapter competition team members are selected from CULN 207 students and previous team members.

The 2009 ACF team made history by winning the Western Regional Competion and earning a GOLD medal, going on to win the ACF national title! The 2010 ACF team continued the excellence earning a close second place and a GOLD medal! The 2011 ACF team won third and our program now holds three Gold medals!

Competition places emphasis on teamwork, and many hours are spent practicing for the competition.


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Joselito Calpito 1st Runner Up, Top of Waikiki Dessert Contest

A Sweet Dash of Aloha wins Palapala Po`okela Award

KCC Culinary’s publication, A Sweet Dash of Aloha, was awarded the 2012 Ka Palapala Po`okela cookbook award. Congratulations!

CIP Creating a Culinary East-West Center

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Robert Paik on KITV’s Morning Show

Robert demonstrated healthy cooking and eating tips for seniors. He, and partner Kara Bleday, earned 1st place in the contest sponsored by Kahala Nui.

Congratulations to Chef Frank Leake

Chef Leake has been named as the ACF National Educator of the Year Western Region! This award pays tribute to an active culinary educator whose knowledge, skills and expertise have enhanced the image of the professional chef, and who, by example, has given leadership, guidance and direction to students seeking a career in the culinary profession. This person demonstrates the ability to help students define and develop their careers by using their skills and abilities to provide a strong foundation for their future success.

American Culinary Federation Press Release

Kapiʻolani Culinary Program Spotlighted at White House Luau

f_culinarywhthouseKapiʻolani instructors Conrad Nonaka, left, and Alan Tsuchiyama flank alum chef Alan Wong at the White House luau

Just a couple of weeks before he coached Kapiʻolani Community College’s Team Hawaiʻi to a national championship at the American Culinary Federation‘s 2009 Student Team National Competition in Orlando, Fla., Associate Professor Alan Tsuchiyama was cooking for President Barack Obama at the White House.

Winner of the Pamela Young Mixed Plate Scholarship

Students Compete for Scholarships

Contestants entered recipes for an entree and dessert made with the featured ingredient, taro (kalo). Finalists, Emi Akiyama, Liana Falaniko, Brandee Meinel, and Robert Paik, prepared their entries and were judged on March 1, 2012.

Congratulations to Robert Paik, winner of the Pamela Young’s Mixed Plate Scholarship Competition!