The American Academy of Chefs selected Allan Okuda for induction as an honorary Fellow of the American Academy of Chefs (AAC), the honor society of the American Culinary Federation (ACF). Chef Okuda was honored for his accomplishments as a culinary professional. The annual dinner was held on July 15, 2012, where Chef Okuda received his medal. He was inducted as an honorary Fellow of the American Academy of Chefs at the 2012 ACF National Convention in Orlando, Florida. Congratulations, Chef Okuda, on receiving such a prestigious award!
Where are you from?…Born and raised in Hilo, 1966, graduate of Hilo High School.
Where did you attend culinary school?…Hawaii Technical School, 1966 to 1968, US Army Cooks and Bakers School. Hawaii Community College, UHH Hilo.
How long have you been in the culinary business?..46 years started as a dishwasher at the old Hilo Hotel for $1.25 an hour.
What do you like about teaching at HawCC?..The challenge of teaching students how to become great chefs and seeing the look of happiness on their faces when they create a great dish for their customers.
What advice would you give to students who aspire to become a chef?.. Be honest, be dependable, and go in with a good attitude. Watch everything, listen to everything and taste everything.
How does it feel to receive the American Academy of Chefs Award?..I am very humbled to receive such a prestigious national award. I will graciously accept it in behalf of Hawaii Community College and our Culinary Arts Program. Thank You, Allan O.