Sidney Lee, M.R.C. Greenwood, Susan Lee, Kusuma Cooray, Alan Tsuchiyama and Bruce Liebert
On Saturday, March 31, I accepted a $5,000 check on behalf of Kapiʻolani Community College from Bruce Liebert, a representative of the national president of the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs for the Hawaiʻi/Pacific Island. The check presentation followed this year’s annual Young Chefs competition at Kapiʻolani.
Three young, amazing local chefs were this year’s competitors. Randy Bangloy of Roy’s Ko Olina, Kyle Lee of Roy’s Waikīkī and Ryan Manaut of the Oʻahu Country Club whipped up delectable dishes with ingredients that included whole ducks, abalone, kampachi and locally grown fruit and vegetables. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to stay for the entire event, but I offer my congratulations to all three talented chefs.
I understand the competition was so close that it took a tie-breaking taste testing before Ryan Manaut was declared the winner. He will go on to New Orleans for the national competition in May. If he wins that contest, he’ll go on to the international competition in Berlin in September.
We are very grateful to the Chaîne Foundation, which donated $5,000 for culinary arts scholarships at Kapiʻolani, as a token of their appreciation for Kapiʻolani’s hospitality.
Every year, 10 regions in the U.S. hold these competitions for young chefs. In Hawaiʻi, they are held annually at either Kapiʻolani or Maui College.