Going Long for the Hawaii Culinary Education Fund
The Hawaii Culinary Education Fund’s (HCEF) annual golf tournament fundraiser was held on Monday, April 6 at the Kapolei Golf Course. This is the primary annual fundraising event for the HCEF. Since 1998 the HCEF has been dedicated to providing opportunities for culinary arts students in Hawaii to gain exposure to and experience working with the best local and visiting chefs in the industry. The day begins with the team registration and buffet lunch from 10 a.m. and at noon it’s time to step up to the tee.
For those not familiar with charity golf tournaments, they often have a special starting format and some different rules. For the HCEF tournament there was a shotgun start at noon, meaning each foursome starts at the same time from a different hole on the course. This should get everyone into the clubhouse in plenty of time for the big gala awards dinner. It’s also played as a four person scramble, which means everyone in the foursome tees off and then everyone shoots their second shot from the best lie among the group. This usually makes for some interesting golf as even “less consistent” golfers got a chance to pull off at least a couple of shots to help the team. When there’s no downside to making one bad shot there are people that will just grip it and rip it. It made for a fun afternoon.
Young’s Market Company was back as the title sponsor and American Express and Pacific Transportation Lines both stepped up to be marquis sponsors this year. There was a putting contest, longest drive contest and a big prize for anyone that could shoot a hole-in-one. Anybody that can land an ace on the par-3 wins $10,000 with a matching $10,000 contribution going to the HCEF. There are great gifts for all the golfers involved and of course they’ll be helping out the HCEF.
Tiki’s pitched in at the banquet with some crispy Buttermilk Kaarage Chicken on Taro Waffles with Kohana Rum Brown Butter Coconut Syrup. Tiki’s is just one of the restaurants that helped out at the event and we’re always honored to be asked.
I’ve had a chance to be involved in several HCEF sponsored programs including a trip to Kauai last year with my sous chef Noel Gomes. We did a sous vide demonstration with the culinary arts students at the Kauai Community College. As well as being able to share some of my technical skills I was also asked to share my experience coming up as a chef. I like to encourage culinary students to pursue cooking as a career and not just as a job. Being a chef there is always a new challenge and always more to learn to reach that next level and I think the HCEF program helps teach that to students.
For everyone who went out to Kapolei Golf Course on Monday, thanks for supporting the HCEF.