December2012

Chef Alan Wong Teaches Hilo HCEF Class

Chef Alan Wong led 76 Hawaii Community College students and instructors in a comprehensive exploration of flavor and palate development based upon his International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) award-winning book, "The Blue Tomato."   Visit Blue Tomato Website.   The students participated in tastings of beef, goat cheese, chocolate, passion fruit juice, and coffee.     Chef Wong reviewed Hawaii Regional Cuisine and the ethnic influences. He was assisted by his team:  Leigh Ito, Vice President Development;  Nicole Ng, Marketing Manager; Michelle Karr-Ueoka, Pastry Chef; Gilbert Arangure, Sous Chef and Cherie Yuen, Restaurant Manager.   Chef Wong, a Hawaii Regional Cuisine founding chef and James Beard award winner, encouraged supporting local farmers and producers.  He offered motivational and professional advice about seeking a career and succeeding in the business.   Here is what the students had to say about the program: It helped me expand my thoughts   Inspirational and motivational   Helped me to define my goals   I learned more than cooking--life lessons