Alumni Press Release

A big Mahalo to all the KCC Culinary Alums who attended the Paina on March 2, 2017.  Hope you all enjoyed the food and thanks for sticking it out in the rain!  We look forward to seeing you again real soon!





Latest Issue                                                                        Check out our Alum Chef Ricky Kusuda


Girls Night In at Alan Wong’s Pineapple Room featuring our Alumnis Nohea Nebeker.







Mark Noguchi TASTE

Mark Noguchi:  Taste Testing check out this article at






San_Shoppell  San Shoppell

Chef-Owner of Destination Chef, demonstrated fresh and flavorful recipes using plouts and local produce at LCC.


20120413_biz_changKeoni Chang

Is the winner of The Supermarket Chefs Competitionthat was held in Dallas May 3, 2012.  Congratulations Chef Chang!

Check out the MidWeek artcle on Chef Chang.


Gida_SnyderGida Snyder

is working with Naked Cow Dairies to produce fresh Cheeses.

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robin_leeRobin Lee

Head Chef at Nobu Waikiki
Waikiki Parc Hotel
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Ashley_20NakanoAshley Nakano

is the new executive pastry chef at the Ritz Carlton, Reynolds Plantation, in Greensboro, GA.

Read More in Nation’s Restaurant News


Sonny_Acosta_Jr02Sonny Acosta Jr.

A chef at Alan Wong’s restaurant in Moiliili, has been selected to compete in the Bocuse d’Or USA Commis Competition for young chefs in Hyde Park, N.Y. Only four finalists were chosen nationwide.Read More

Chef de Partie Sonny L. Acosta Jr. prepared a next generation dinner at Alan Wong’s inspired by the Bocuse d’Or Commis Competition.  Experience the Inspiration Dinner

NitaharaLance Nitahara (KCC – CIA – appeared on “Chopped“)

“This scholarship is truly a blessing to our family as we are expecting a child in November.  Your scholarship has allowed me to excel in my studies without increasing my financial burdens. Your scholarship has definitely brought me closer to realizing my dreams as a chef, husband, and now a father.  Once again, I would like to thank you and your organization for this blessing.”

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adina_guestAdina Guest

Participated in the 2009 Bocuse d’Or in Lyon

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Bobby_Michael_SohnsBobby Michael Sohns

After receiving his bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Hawai’i at Manoa, Bobby Michael Sohns was on track to pursue his interest in the medical field. Oh so, he thought. Along the way to a successful medical career, he discovered his true passion—cooking

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Young & Hungry

by Jason Soeda

Who are Hawaii’s most promising culinary talents? Here’s a sampling of the current crop of standouts. Each person is uniquely brilliant, believes in the farm-to-table approach to cuisine, and has a bit of wisdom to share about the industry. These are 12 stars you need to watch!

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Budding Chefs Compete in Honor of Tom and Warren Matsuda

by Jason Soeda


The fifth annual Tom and Warren Matsuda Scholarship Culinary Competition at the Sub-Zero/Wolf Showroom was held on Nov. 16. Students from the seven culinary programs within the Culinary Institute of the Pacific were eligible to compete.

The first place winner received a $1,000 scholarship and will assist event founder Chef Roy Yamaguchi at a mainland charitable event or cooking demonstration. The second place winner received a $500 scholarship and will assist Yamaguchi at an Oahu charitable event. The third place winner received a $250 scholarship and also will assist Yamaguchi at an Oahu charitable event.

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Kapiʻolani Team Cooks Up a National Championship

By Kristen Bonilla


Six Kapiʻolani culinary students comprised the last team standing among 400 competing for the 2009 student team championship title—and the first to bring the gold home to Hawaiʻi. Read More

Winners Keaka Lee, Anna Hirano, Ken Yi, San Shoppell, Tate Nakano-Edwards, Rena Suzuki