Kaiser culinary students bring home the bacon

On Nov. 5, four Kaiser students attended the 28th United Cerebral Palsy Association of Hawaii’s Dessert Fantasy and Silent Auction at the Alohilani Resort. With live music, a silent auction and unlimited dessert tasting, the annual event raised funds for the United Cerebral Association of Hawaii. This non-profit organization is dedicated to people with cerebral palsy – a disorder characterized by the loss of motor function and movement.

The event also included the 2nd Annual High School Dessert Cook-Off Challenge. Culinary teacher Justine Perkins had her Culinary II and III classes select two desserts to enter in the competition. Her classes decided to make a cheesecake panna cotta with strawberry sauce and a cookie dough cupcake. “I made a couple suggestions [about the dish] and they took it to the next level,” said Perkins.

Two days prior to the competition, the students began preparing the desserts at school. “We did two or three trial rounds to get out the kinks and problems with preparing [the dish],” said senior Kiana Regets. The students were required to make 300 plates of each dessert, 600 in total. “They had one period plus lunch to get everything done and we put the toppings on right before the competition,” said Perkins.

Eight public high schools competed in the High School Dessert Cook-Off Challenge in the “Best on Table” and “People’s Choice” categories. Kaiser students won “Best on Table.”  “There were three judges and they could come taste our food. We would give them one of everything and they would just write down [notes],” said senior Kennedy Chun. At the end of the competition, the students were awarded a ribbon.

Perkins hopes that her students were able to gain experience by participating in the competition. “I wanted to give them real life experience about doing a larger volume of desserts and having other people besides themselves be able to taste it and try it out,” she said. “It was good for them.” 

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