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Maui Culinary Academy students compete for their cause

May 3, 2011 - Carla Tracy

Every year, Hula Grill holds an appetizer competition for students at Maui Culinary Academy in Kahului. The reason? The student who creates the most promising appetizer will get to see their dish on the menu at Hula Grill in Kaanapali.

Proceeds from the appetizer will then go back to Maui Culinary Academy. It’s a win-win situation. The competition was held recently and the judges included Peter Merriman and Scott McGrill of Hula Grill as well as Tom Lelli of Maui Culinary Academy. Yours truly hung around and tasted some of the dishes, before running off to meet a deadline.

The winner was Devon Davis, who will be graduating from MCA this semester on May 15th. Congrats, Devon! His winning recipe was a taro croquette with Maui Pineapple lomi lomi salad and ginger-ponzu reduction. Below is more information on this up-and-comer along with the second and third place winners.

1st Place: Devon Davis GPA: 3.57 Due to graduate in Fall 2011 Devon is a vegetarian with a deep interest in expanding diners options in vegetarian and vegan cuisines.

2nd Place: Travis Motooka GPA:3.70 Due to graduate Spring 2012 Travis has been selected by MCA as a leading candidate for a summer "Internship" employment opportunity w/ Sodexo at Cal Poly Pomona University.

3rd Place: Derek Barona GPA: 2.30 Due to graduate in Fall 2011. Derek is employed full-time as lead pantry and pastry cook at Spago at the Four Seasons Resort Maui in Wailea.


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