Honolulu Chef Jeffery Hayashi and Kapiʻolani Community College culinary student William Barrera will represent the United States in the renowned biennial international culinary competition Bocuse d’Or 2021. Ment’or, the nonprofit formed to support and train the U.S. national team, announced the winners on November 12. Kapiʻolani CC Culinary Arts Instructor Jason Peel served as coach. They are the first team from Hawaiʻi to bring home a national selection win.
Convening at The Culinary Institute of America’s Copia campus in Napa, California, on November 12, the three finalist teams competed over a five hour and 35 minute period, following the rigorous format of the actual Bocuse d’Or competition. The platter theme was Whole Chicken, from Palisades Ranch in California, and the plated theme was Ratatouille.