Annual Hawai’i CC Hilo Culinary Classic to Highlight Student Chefs

April 5, 2016, 4:23 PM HST
* Updated September 8, 11:33 AM
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2015 Hilo Culinary Classic. Hawai'i Community College courtesy photo.

2015 Hilo Culinary Classic. Hawai’i Community College courtesy photo.

The 18th Annual Hilo Culinary Classic, hosted by Hawai’i Community College, will take place on Friday, April 15 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Hawai’i CC’s Manono Campus in Hilo.

Second year Culinary Arts students will have their entries on display and program graduates and professionals will face off in a culinary competition.

The competition “really tests the knowledge and skills of our students,” said Professor and Chef Allan Okuda. “It demands not only correct technical knowledge, but students must also execute these techniques perfectly.”

Okuda has set high standards for the show, which gives each student the opportunity to prepare their most elegant, innovative, and technically challenging creations.

“The students are working very hard to showcase their talents in the culinary arts,” said Okuda.  “To become successful, these students must sacrifice their time and their efforts.”


Displays will range from savory multi-course meals to inventive desserts, hors d’oeuvres, and celebration cakes, as well edible art pieces.


Attendees will not only be provided a feast for their eyes, but also food to satisfy their stomachs as well. First year culinary students will create a heavy pupu buffet that exemplifies technical learning.

Tickets are $9.50 and are available at the Hawai’i CC Cafeteria, Bamboo Hale, and from the culinary students on campus. Tickets will also be available at the door.

To learn more about the annual Culinary Classic, contact Sandy Dubczak at 934-2559.

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