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KCC among top 20 culinary schools in U.S.

By Erika Engle

LAST UPDATED: 04:12 p.m. HST, Jun 02, 2014

Known locally for producing successful Hawaii chefs, the culinary program at Kapiolani Community College has been named among the top 20 in the U.S. by FSR (Full-service Restaurant) magazine.

Listed in alphabetical order alongside such storied institutions as the Culinary Institute of America, Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts, and the 17 U.S. campuses of Le Cordon Bleu, KCC was one of only four community colleges that made the list.

The selected community colleges were among the schools that offer degrees, diplomas and certificates in multiple disciplines, such as culinary arts, baking and pastry arts, food, beverage and hospitality management, which had received an "exemplary" rating for three or more programs from the American Culinary Federation. The ACF is the largest professional chefs' organization in North America and is responsible for regulatory oversight of many culinary schools.

Some of KCC's alumni appear on its weekly show "What's Cooking Hawaii," demonstrating dishes they have created and serve in their restaurants. The show airs on KFVE-TV.


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honupono wrote:
Proud graduate here. Manoa BA and MA. KCC AA liberal arts, AS culinary arts and pastry arts. The best higher education system in the state. Top 20 culinary schools in the country.
on June 2,2014 | 09:18AM
Bdpapa wrote:
Good to hear. I've had the pleasure of eating at KCC. It was really well prepared food.
on June 2,2014 | 09:19AM
MrMililani wrote:
We ate there at one of their special dinners. It was very ordinary, the portions were very small and the price was much too high for the meal we received. We said that we would never go back and we never did. The one thing that was outstanding was the service and that was probably because they were graded on it.
on June 2,2014 | 10:13AM
copperwire9 wrote:
I'd give it another try if I were you.
on June 2,2014 | 01:39PM
al_kiqaeda wrote:
Fantastic! Success breeds success and recruiting even better instructors will become easier. Heads up sports programs.
on June 2,2014 | 11:21AM
copperwire9 wrote:
It's a really good school with a really good program. We're all proud!
on June 2,2014 | 01:39PM
808ikea wrote:
The UH should build off this success. Devote the resources in making the culinary and pastry arts a world class institution. With Hawaii already a solid tourist destination having world class eateries and educational system to support it makes a lot of sense.
on June 2,2014 | 02:23PM
Holomua wrote:
Unfortunately, internal politics gets in the way of that. There is simply no way UH Manoa will let a community college upstage them. KCC does a lot of things right, but UH usually does something to put them in their place. Usually in the form of budget cuts.
on June 2,2014 | 05:09PM
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