HCC holds 15th annual Hilo Culinary Classic

By: Paolo DiGiovanni

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The 15th Annual Hilo Culinary Classic was held on Friday, April 12 at the Hawai'i Community College Kona Campus. The event serves as the capstone project for the culinary students.  The students are ending their 2 year culinary program and many pulled all-nighters to finish their entries on time.

"We have been waiting for this for a long time. Practiced after school, doing everything, one by one, until the food show comes. It feels great to get an award like this" said Jerome Manoag who was part of the team that won the overall award.

There was a total of 31 entries that competed in 14 different categories.  Entries were judged in both team and individual sections ranging from multi-course meals, inventive desserts, and edible art pieces to name a few.  Entries were judges on creativity, presentation and many other culinary aspects.

A team of local chefs served as the judge panel and judged entries in accordance with American Culinary Federation rules.

Allan Okuda, Culinary Arts Program Coordinator and Professor reiterated the difficulty and pressure that the students were under.

"It is a lot of pressure. It is something they have never done in their lives. It shows how much skill and planning they took in and did for this event, so they are very nervous."

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