The 12th Annual Hilo Culinary Classic Competition took place on Friday, April 9th at the Hawai'i Community CollegeÂ Hilo Campus.Â This year there were more entries than ever before and the place was packed.
For the first time there were entries from The Kapiolani (Oahu) campus and also from the Waiakea Intermediate Students in Hilo.Â
The judges, Corporate Chef Ernesto Lincaco of Y Hata & Co. LTD, Executive Chef Casey Halpern of Cafe Pesto and Lead judge Chef Jim O'Keefe weren't quite finished judging when the doors opened to the public and it was interesting to hear judges commentary as they were facing some of the entries.Â
The following entriesÂ wonÂ both the College Division and Overall:
Best of Show and 1st Place - Kelly Yoshida - HCC Hilo - Patisserie Artistic Show Piece - Decorated Celebration Cake - "Aquatic Artistry"
2nd place and a Gold MedalÂ - Levon Stevens - HCC Hilo - Buffet Artistic Showpiece - Carved Fruit Flowers - "The Flower Garden" - I could not find Levon for a photo, so here is a collage of some of hisÂ exquisitely carved work.Â Notice the delicate thinness of the petals.
3rd Place and a Gold MedalÂ - Brandon Domingo - HCC-West HI - 5 Course Meal for One
In the Intermediate/High School Division all the winning teams were from the Waiakea Intermediate School, guided by Pastry Chef John Steward.Â I apologize in advance for the order of the photos, since it was so crowded and noisy, it was hard to tell which was which except for the size of the trophies.Â I hope I didn't make a mistake in the order of placement!
1st Place TIE between Teams #2 "Vegas Sweets" and #4 "Alice in Wonderland"
2nd Place Team #1
3rd Place Team #3
Team #1 â€“ Ethan Whitten, Kami-lyn Medeiros, Karlie Austria and Nikki Erece
Team #2 - Bryana Â Ebbers. Jasmine Caban, Kryslynn Koyabashi-Agena and Natasia Rose-Fontes
Team #3 â€“ Ariel Cuba, Megan Bolden and Wren Pacheco
Team #4 â€“ Dalyne Shirota, Keith Sumaoang, Maiyah Turner and Noah Wirght
Professor and Chef Alan Okuda, and Â Instructors Chef Sandy Barr Rivera, Shawn Sumiki, Sandy Dubczak, Brian Hirata, Paul Heerlein and Hospitality Division Chair Jim LightnerÂ of the HCC-Hilo Campus were the proud hosts of this wonderful event.Â (Photo taken at an earlierÂ event)
Congratulations to all the students from the different campuses who participated, theÂ winners and their Chef Instructors and the judges for a magnificent job well done!
A sampling of some of the other entries!Â
Hawaii CC Hilo Student Sheri Lozier received a gold Medal for her intricately decorated, Easter Egg Pastry Showpiece in the upper row of photos.