Dedicated to the Support and Development of Culinary Training Programs in Hawai`i.

Chefs in the House

The Foundation partners accomplished chefs and food experts, with local culinary students and professionals – building a better future through culinary education and vision.


Dedicated to the Best

The Hawai`i Culinary Education Foundation is dedicated to the development and support of culinary training programs throughout the state of Hawai‘i to promote our unique culinary traditions. Created in 1998, the Foundation recognizes the contribution of the culinary industry to Hawai‘i’s economy. An advisory committee comprised of prominent members of the Hawai’i restaurant and hotel industry and leaders of culinary programs meet regularly to plan activities and fund raising events.


The organization provides financial and professional resources towards activities that enhance the scope of learning by culinary students and professionals. The Foundation is a 501c3 nonprofit foundation. Contributions are tax deductible to the extent allowed by the law.


The Hawai`i Culinary Education Foundation and You

The Students of the Culinary Arts Need YOU! Contributions to the Foundation provide an incalculable benefit to culinary arts programs at UH Community Colleges, high schools and independent culinary schools across Hawai‘i. What’s more, the Foundation helps to produce skilled, prepared graduates of the culinary arts, better trained to enter into Hawai‘i’s growing culinary industry.


And, of course, ALL your contributions to the ‘Ohana greatly enhance the State’s visitor industry and economy.


Community Involvement

Hospitality Expos

Sponsor Student Culinary Expos


Chef/Educational Events

Visiting Culinary Experts

Educational Workshops

Faculty Training

Center of the Plate Workshops

Master Chef Classes


Student Culinary Expos

Prepares students for a future in the culinary industry


Events /Golf Tournament

Fund raiser Golf Tournaments
Celebrity Chef Dinners


The Hawai`i Culinary Education Foundation Golf Tournament is a fun day on the links for culinary supporters including Hawai‘i’s leading chefs, educators, and food/beverage professionals.


The Taro Leaf

The Foundation’s quarterly newsletter keeps members up to date on activities and programs. The Taro Leaf highlights the calendar of upcoming events and showcases outstanding students and campus campus notes from culinary programs across the state.