What to Eat with Nutrition Expert Marion Nestle

Sep 27, 2019

For more information:
Hayley Matson Mathes, Hawaii Culinary Education Foundation
808 941 9088

What to Eat with Nutrition Expert Marion Nestle

Sept. 6 2019

HONOLULU, HAWAI`I – Eat more superfoods, probiotics, fermented foods, omega 3’s; eat less meat, more vegetables and eat locally grown. Are these dictates important to your health and wellness?

“What to Eat: Dietary Advice Meets Food Politics” is the topic of a free public program to be presented by nutrition expert, educator and award winning author Marion Nestle on Thursday, Nov. 7 at 6 pm at John F. Kennedy Theatre, 1770 East West Road, University of Hawaii at Manoa.

Lauded as a public health hero and among the “most important foodies of our time,” Nestle will discuss the decisions we h ave to make among confusing food choices despite a worldwide consensus about the basic principles of healthy diets. This presentation describes these principles, examines why they are so difficult to follow and situates the unique food system of Hawaii wit hin the greater context of global
recommendations for diets that promote human health and the environment.

Nestle is the Paulette Goddard Professor of Nutrition, Food Studies and Public Health, Emerita at New York University and visiting professor of Nutr itional Sciences at Cornell University. She is the author of six award winning books including her most recent book “Unsavory Truth: How Food Companies Skew the Science of What We Eat” published in 2018.

The program is being sponsored by the Hawaii Culinary Education Foundation with support from the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR), University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and the University of Hawaiʻi – West Oʻahu Sustainable Community Food Systems Program (SCFS).

The Hawaii Culinary Education Foundation is dedicated to the development and support of culinary training programs throughout the state of Hawai’i. The Foundation provides financial and professional resources towards activities that enhance the scope of learning by culinary students, professionals, and the public.

The program is free and open to the public but registration is required.
To register:

Culinary Assembly with Seneca Klassen, Leeward Community College

Mar 22, 2019

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Golf Tournament to benefit culinary education nonprofit

Apr 12, 2017
2017 Golf Tournament

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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -The nineteenth Hawaii Culinary Education Foundation Charity Golf Tournament will be held on Tuesday, April 11 at the Kapolei Golf Course.  Tournament proceeds benefit the culinary nonprofit dedicated to culinary education in Hawaii.

The tournament begins with buffet lunch, a noon shotgun start and concludes with an awards banquet prepared by local chefs and restaurants. The tournament raffle features thousands of dollars in prizes including neighbor island trips, state of the art electronics and luxury gift certificates. Golfers have numerous chances to win prizes in the $20,000 hole-in-one, closest to the pin, putting, chipping and driving competitions.

The tournament is the Foundation’s key fundraiser, allowing the organization to sponsor educational culinary projects throughout the Islands. Programming includes Center of the Plate workshops led by award-winning Hawaii chefs and visiting Master Chef events.  The Foundation supported programs bring local, mainland and international chefs into the classroom to present intensive learning experiences for culinary/chef instructors and local culinary students.

The Hawaii Culinary Education Foundation, founded in 1998, recognizes the significant contribution of the culinary industry to Hawaii’s economy and is dedicated to championing Hawaii’s unique culinary traditions.  An advisory committee comprised of prominent members of the restaurant and hospitality industry plus key leaders in the culinary field coordinates educational experiences for chef/instructors and culinary students.

The HCEF Board encourages the community to sign up and support this culinary fundraiser.  Cost for a team of three players is $1,400. To register, visit  or call (808) 941-9088.

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Golf, dine to help chefs help students

Apr 10, 2017



The Hawaii Culinary Education Foundation hosts its 19th annual golf tournament April 11 at the Kapolei Golf Course. All proceeds benefit culinary education in Hawaii.

The Hawaii Culinary Education Foundation hosts its 19th annual golf tournament April 11 at the Kapolei Golf Course. The foundation sponsors programs for Hawaii’s high school and college culinary students, bringing local, mainland and international chefs into the classroom to share cutting-edge knowledge and techniques.

The golf tournament, the group’s key fundraiser, kicks off with a buffet lunch, then offers participants the chance to win prizes and enter raffles. Cost for a team of three is $1,400. All proceeds benefit culinary education in Hawaii. Visit

This week, enjoy recipes from the foundation’s guest instructors.

Sauteed Mahimahi on Zucchini Noodles

Chef George Mavrothalassitis, Hawaii Culinary Education Foundation board member

  • 1 medium zucchini, ends removed
  • 2 cups ice
  • 1-1/4 cups salted water, divided
  • 3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1 pound mahimahi, center cut, cut into 2 portions
  • Sea salt, to taste
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon

Cut zucchini lengthwise into 1/4-inch slices, discarding core. Cut slices lengthwise into 1/4-inch strips.

Fill a mixing bowl with 2 cups ice and 1/2 cup salted water. Place another bowl on top of ice.

In a saucepan, bring remaining 3/4 cup salted water to boil. Add garlic and zucchini; cook 2 minutes. Remove to bowl on top of ice, stirring to accelerate cooling. Reserve cooking water.

Season fish with salt. In a nonstick frying pan, add 2 tablespoons olive oil and place fish in pan, skin side down. Turn on heat and cook fish, turning once. Remove from pan.

Add lemon juice and reserved cooking liquid to pan; bring to boil. Add remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil and zucchini; cook 1 minute. Taste and adjust seasonings.

Place zucchini on 2 serving plates along with cooking juices. Top with mahimahi. Serve with steamed white or basmati rice. Serves 2.

Approximate nutritional analysis, per serving (not including salt to season fish): 470 calories, 30 g total fat, 4.5 g saturated fat, 165 mg cholesterol, 500 mg sodium, 5 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g sugar, 43 g protein

Brined & Roasted Chicken

Chef Jackie Lau, culinary consultant

  • 1 whole chicken, giblets removed, rinsed
  • Fresh thyme and parsley sprigs
  • 1 cup cold butter
  • Olive oil, for basting
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • >> Brine:
  • 2 quarts cold water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons garlic salt
  • 1 tablespoon celery salt
  • 1 tablespoon white pepper
  • 1 tablespoon dry thyme
  • 1 ounce onion powder
  • >> Mirepoix (vegetable mix):
  • 2 stalks celery, roughly chopped
  • 2 carrots, roughly chopped
  • 1 onion, roughly chopped

Combine brine ingredients in large bowl; mix well. Immerse chicken in brine and soak, covered, in refrigerator for 24 hours.

Heat oven to 300 degrees. Remove chicken from brine and pat dry with paper towels. Place thyme and parsley sprigs with butter in cavity.

Place mirepoix in shallow roasting pan. Place chicken on top, breast side up. Brush skin with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Roast 2 hours, basting every half hour. Remove from oven and let rest about 10 minutes before serving. Serves 6.

Approximate nutritional analysis, per serving (includes 1 tablespoon oil for basting and not including salt to taste): 840 calories, 68 g total fat, 30 g saturated fat, 245 mg cholesterol, greater than 2,000 mg sodium, 16 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 11 g sugar, 39 g protein