Nanakuli Career Day
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 explained that I came from a small town too and if you have a passion for cooking you can take these skills you learn and go anywhere in the world and put it to good use as I did. There’s obviously a huge demand in a place like Hawaii. It’s rewarding to be able to give the next generation some insight from my many years of experience. I would love to go back next year.