West Hawai‘i Culinary Arts students and faculty honored at event

Photo of Sam Varron and Ken Love

Hawai’i Community College Culinary Arts student Sam Varron, left, stands with Ken Love, Vice President of the Kona Kohala Chefs Association. Varron was named the Student Chef of the Year by the Kona Kohala Chefs Association.

Numerous Hawai‘i Community College Culinary Arts students and instructors from West Hawai‘i were honored during an annual event held January 28 by the American Culinary Federation Kona Kohala Chefs Association.

Three HawCC students received ACF Jr. Chef Awards. Sam Varron was named Student Chef of the Year, and Danielle Drye and Kennocha Berhane were voted Student Members of the Year.

HawCC Culinary lecturer Patti Kimball, left, was named Chef of the Year and Member of the Year by the Kona Kohala Chefs Association.

Patti Kimball, a culinary lecturer, was named Chef of the Year and Member of the Year.

Presidential Medallion service awards were given to HawCC Culinary faculty Paul Heerlein and Betty Saiki; retired HawCC Culinary faculty Jean Hull; and HawCC Hospitality Division Chair James Lightner.

From left to right are, Kennocha Berhane, Ken Love and Danielle Drye. Kennocha and Danielle were voted Student Members of the Year.

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