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Hawaii Culinary Competition Expo


We are excited to announce this year’s Hawaii Culinary Competition Expo which is made possible with the help of the Lyle L. Guslander Distinguished Visitors Program and Major Sponsors HFM Foodservice, Kyo-ya Co. and Starwoods Hotels. This year the expo will be held on December 7, 2012.  We look forward to participation from both students and professionals from around the state of Hawaii.  The Hawaii Culinary Competition Expo is an ACF Sanctioned Competition with ACF certified Judges.  We welcom Chef Russell Scott, CMC, WGMCChef Stanford DeCambra, CEC, CCE, CCA, AAC, and Chef Joseph Decker CMPC.

Download the Hawaii Culinary Competition Expo Application today.

Check here for the Hawaii Culinary Competition Expo Schedule of events

American Culinary Federation Hawaii State Competition



(from left to right, Clifford Manansala, Jennifer Honea, Aya Hori, Megan Carpenter, Trevor Jackson, and Scott Honjiyo)

Culinary competitions play a vital role in culinary arts as they continually raise the standards of culinary excellence and put skills and knowledge to the test in a competitive format.

Kapi`olani Culinary Arts Program students have won several prestigious awards:

  • 2012 Silver Medal ACF Western Regional Student Competition
  • 2011 Gold Medal ACF Western Regional Student Competition
  • 2010 Silver Medal ACF Western Regional Student Competition
  • 2009 Gold Medal ACF Western REgional Student Competion and ACF National Title

Congratulations to all of our student competitors and winners!

For information on the Culinary Competition class, click here

What’s Cooking Hawaii

7 pm Wednesdays on KFVE

Episode 1-  January 9, 2013 “Splash of Aloha” cookbook

Episode 2 – January 16, 2013 Kahala Nui Healthy Kampachi Cooking Contest dishes

Episode 3 – January 23, 2013 Kahala Nui Healthy Chicken Cooking Contest

KCC Culinary Arts has teamed with KFVE for a 13-episode cooking series called What’s Cooking Hawaii.  The series will feature Chef Grant Sato and KCC Culinary Students and alums.  Recipes will focus on healthier eating choices.  Tune in starting January 9th for the first episode.

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3rd Annual Kahala Nui Healthy-licious Cooking Contest

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The Third Annual Kahala Nui Healthy-licious Cooking Contest will be held on October 12, 2013.  Teams of two will Create a dish that can easily be replicated by the Seniors at Kahala Nui.  Have fun and do something good for your community.  Check out our guidelines and entry information here Kahala Nui 2013 Memo for Students (pdf)
Remember only 4 teams can enter so get your applications in early!


Congratulations to Vaneza Agustin and Shianti Leighton who were the winners of the 2012 Kahala Nui Healthy-licious Cooking Competition. They were featured on KHON and KITV live morning news and What’s Cooking Hawaii with Chef Grant Sato and were each awarded a $500 scholarship.

Vaneza then went on to enter the contest for the James Beard Scholarship sponsored through the Kahala Resort and was chosen as the 1st place recipient to be awarded a $5,000 scholarship award.


Check out the colorful blog by Food Writer Nadine Kam who participated as one of the judges.

Hawaii Food and Wine Festival


The Third Annual Hawaii Food & Wine Festival is scheduled for September 1-9, 2013.  Check out their site for  ticket and event information.


Aloha culinary and pastry students who are enrolled in or have successfully passed Fundamentals of Cooking or Fundamentals of Baking,

The 2013 Food and Wine Festival is just around the corner and want to sign you up as a student volunteer. The hours can be used for scholarship points, but most importantly the experience gained through this culinary display of world renowned local chefs and chefs abroad is priceless. The Hawai‘i Food & Wine Festival is the premier epicurean destination event in the Pacific.  Set in the lush island paradise of O‘ahu, the four-day Festival features a roster of over 50 internationally-renowned master chefs, culinary personalities, and wine and spirit producers. Co-founded by two of Hawai‘i’s own James Beard Award-winning chefs, Roy Yamaguchi and Alan Wong, the Festival will showcase cooking demonstrations, grazing events and sit down service events, with dishes highlighting the state’s bounty of local produce, seafood, beef and poultry.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity and sign up now and get your fellow classmates to also be a part of these events.

Use the sign-up forms to sign-up for the events. You can e-mail the filled forms to or drop them off in Alan Tsuchiyama’s mail box located in Ohelo # 102

Please check out the pdf files below to sign up for the various days and times.  Different Chefs will be at each event so check out all of the sign up sheets below.

E mail 2013 FW HCC Friday Rice Plus Demo info and sign up (pdf)
E mail 2013 FW HCC Friday Sweet Endings Demo info and sign up (pdf)
E mail 2013 FW HCC Saturday Fire It Up Demo info and sign up (pdf)
E mail 2013 FW HCC Saturday My Italian Way Demo info and sign up (pdf)
E mail FW 2013 Halekulani Info and Sign-up Thurs Fri (pdf)
e mail FW 2013 HCC info and sign up Fri Sat (pdf)
E mail FW 2013 Hyatt Girls Got Game Info and Sign up Sunday (pdf)
Email FW 2013 Modern Hotel Info and Sign-up Wed Thurs (pdf)

Set in the lush island paradise of O`ahu,
the 2nd Annual Hawai`i Food & Wine Festival was a huge success!
Hawai`i Food & Wine Festival 2013

Co-chaired by two of Hawai`i’s own James Beard Award-winning chefs Roy Yamaguchi and Alan Wong, the three-day event featured a roster of internationally renowned master chefs, culinary personalities, and wine and spirit producers.  Sold out events showcased dishes using the State’s bounty of local produce, seafood, beef, and poultry. Check the Festival site to know what’s cooking for next year!


Ho`okipa is a fundraising event for students in the Kapi’olani Community College Culinary Arts and Hospitality & Tourism Programs. Students work in close association with their chef instructors to present and serve the finest culinary delights!

Ho`okipa 2013 will be held on March 8.
We look forward to serving you next year!

Click to view the 2012 Ho`okipa Program
Please enjoy coverage of our event by Non-Stop Honolulu

HookipaWe were fortunate to have Chef Robin Lee, Head Chef at Nobu Waikiki, as our Guest Chef for Ho`okipa, 2012.  Chef Lee is an esteemed alumnus of our program!   Mahalo Chef Lee for helping make Ho`okipa, 2012, a great success!

Chef Robin Lee shares about Ho`okipa 2012

Mahalo for supporting our programs!

We look forward to seeing you next year!

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!