KCC culinary team prepares dishes for national cooking championship

(HawaiiNewsNow) - The Kapiolani Community College culinary team, or Team Hawaii, is set to compete in the 2013 American Culinary Federation Student Team National Championship on July 23 in the Chelsea Ballroom of the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas in Las Vegas, Nev.

The team qualified for the nationals by winning the 2013 ACF Western Regional Championship in April in Coeur D'Alene, Idaho. KCC's culinary competition teams took first place in the 2009 Western Regional and second place in 2010. The 2009 team went on to win the ACF National Championship.

KCC team members are culinary students -- Joy Yamane, Ian Sagayama, Emi Akiyama, Bickna Sim and Hwanjae Lee -- and coaches/KCC chef instructors Dave Brown and Grant Sato.

Team Hawaii will showcase local ingredients and flavors of Asian ancestry. With a few exceptions, everything on each plate will be locally grown and produced. There will be four courses: appetizer, salad, entrée and dessert.

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