Hawai‘i CC to Host 17th Annual Hilo Culinary Classic
The 17th annual Hilo Culinary Classic is coming up on Friday, April 10 and is anticipated to be the largest display of culinary talent since the competition’s inception nearly two decades ago.
The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Hawai‘i CC cafeteria in Hilo, and feature food creations for display and eating by students at all skill levels. In addition, there will be a guest competition with graduates and professionals.
Food displays will range from savory multi-course meals, innovative desserts, hors d’oeuvres, cakes, and edible artworks. There will also be a hefty pupu buffet.
Chef and Professor Allan Okuda says the event tests the knowledge and skills of students.
“It demands not only correct technical knowledge, but students must also execute these techniques perfectly,” Okuda said.
The event is the capstone project for Hawai‘i CC culinary students and the culmination of their kitchen studies. Through the curriculum, culinary students learn the fundamentals of food preparation and kitchen sanitation, followed by restaurant management, international cuisine, and advanced cooking techniques. Students work in the campus restaurants, take field trips to farms, orchards, and other producers, and learn first-hand about the source of food and building relationships with farmers.
The event is open to the public and tickets are $9.50, available at the Hawai‘i CC Cafeteria, Bamboo Hale restaurant on campus, and from culinary students. Tickets will also be available at the door.