Culinary professor Paul Heerlein gets new certification

Photo of Paul Heerlein cutting vegetables

Hawai’i CC culinary professor Paul Heerlein works in the kitchen.

Hawai‘i Community College Culinary Arts professor Paul Heerlein has a new certification under his belt, and through the certification process he has gained new knowledge to share with his students.

Heerlein, who has taught in the West Hawai‘i culinary program since 2000, became a Certified Culinary Educator through the American Culinary Federation in June.

“It was a lot of work, but worth it for my students and me!” Heerlein said via email.

Heerlein’s education and experience level qualified him to pursue the certification. Then he had to complete online education classes, a timed exam, a three-hour practical exam judged by master chefs, and create a one hour teaching video in front of a live audience. (For the full certification requirements go to ).

Going through this process “elevated my knowledge and skill,” said Heerlein.

“These advanced techniques will now be incorporated into the curriculum to benefit the students,” said Heerlein. “The goal is constant improvement to create the best cooks and chefs for our culinary industry.”

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