Category Archives: Giving Back

Kauai Expedition with CIP & KCCCS

Posted on March 20, 2013 by admin
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[imagebrowser id=1] What a jam packed 48 hours of teaching, cooking, learning and fun! I want to say how much I enjoyed working with the kids at Kauai Community College Culinary School. They were so eager to absorb and so responsive. It was very rewarding and their energy made me feel like I was back in school. Not only did I  have the opportunity to do a seminar, a pop-up dinner for Culinary Institute of the Pacific - Diamond Head fundraiser, we toured an organic farm that has an excellent restaurant. They broke down the science of growing pesticide and chemical free products and the lamb couldn't have been more delicious! One of the other exciting parts of the trip was to go off-road quading in Kauai Ranch, a 4300 acre cattle ranch. Just a pristine spectacular place. We even picked herbs from Chef Guy Higa's garden. The weekend embodied local, organic and delicious. Lucky to Cook Hawaii is all I can say. The workshop theme was French cuisine and the paté I made with all of these fresh, organic local ingredients was all the better because of it. It was grea... Read more

Nanakuli Career Day

Posted on February 12, 2013 by admin
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Today I went to Nanakuli Intermediate & High school career day with Ed Fabro and Mike Kealoha to meet with students who might be interested in becoming a chef. This is a large school in the most western town of Oahu. Lets see, I saw a chopper, a lady dressed as a nurse; lots of various careers represented yet they said I was the first chef to ever come to this event. So that was surprising to me! There was a good amount of enthusiasm.  We served a tasting of Island Style Bacon & Eggs and explained the details of how it’s made. It was supposed to be two classes of twenty-five but after the first class the kids must have texted their friends that there was food because forty people showed up in the second, which made the energy really fun. I definitely connected with a few students. One of the girls is valedictorian and she’s in their culinary arts class, she really loved it! It’s great for these kids to be exposed to someone who’s been in the industry for a long time – seen the evolution of the industry and be able to ask questions. I explai... Read more