Team Hawai‘i Headed to Nationals
Culinary Program ACF Team
Team Hawai‘i from Kapi‘olani Community College will be competing in the American Culinary Federation (ACF) National Finals on August 6 in Orlando, Florida.
Five of our current culinary students will represent the State of Hawaii to compete against three other regional finalists in this elite competition. It takes an entire year for our team to prepare for the one moment where they will have to create and serve four dishes in only 110 minutes. There is only one shot at winning!
The highly respected American Culinary Federation is the largest organization of professional chefs in North America. With more than 15,000 members in over 150 chapters in four regions, the ACF represents the United States in major competitions around the world.
Culinary Arts Program Past Awards
Team Hawai‘i Members
Greg Gamayo, Jr.
Greg is from Kalihi, ‘Oahu. Upon graduating from the Culinary Program, Greg aspires to explore various culinary techniques and grow his current skills in preparation for his eventual goal to open his own restaurant.
Xiaoling is from Beijing, China and as a recent graduate of the Culinary Program, she will be entering into the 4-year degree Culinology Program at the University of Hawai‘i Mānoa.
Ritchie is from Honolulu and plans to move to Japan for 2-3 years to study new techniques and increase his knowledge of Japanese culinary cuisine.
Kainoa is from Sacramento, California. His eventual goal is to open a food truck or bakery in California. “I haven’t put too much thought into the kind of food I would like to sell because my vision is always changing.”
Ethan is from Honolulu, Hawai‘i and plans to work in various restaurants and work his way up within the culinary industry. After gaining experience within the industry, he would also like to teach culinary classes.
Culinary Arts Program
ACF National Title
- 2013 Silver Medal Winners
- 2009 Gold Medal Winners
ACF Western Regional Awards
- 2019 Wild Card ACF Western Regional Student Competition
- 2017 Gold Medal ACF Western Regional Student Competition
- 2013 Silver Medal ACF Western Regional Student Competition
- 2012 Silver Medal ACF Western Regional Student Competition
- 2011 Gold Medal ACF Western Regional Student Competition
- 2010 Silver Medal ACF Western Regional Student Competition
- 2009 Gold Medal ACF Western Regional Student Competition