UH-MC culinary arts gains No.1 ranking

Celyn Joy Lubaton works in the UH-Maui College Leis Family Class Act kitchen. Photo courtesy of the UH-MC Culinary Arts Program

The UH-Maui College Culinary Arts Program was ranked No. 1 in a 2020 graduate reports survey of 25 associate in culinary arts programs in the U.S., the college announced last week.

The UH-MC program came out on top in a survey based on median starting salaries for more than five million graduates in their first year after college.

The report comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard and can be found at collegescorecard.ed.gov/?atid=ulES6LRahUL6UeQKDkeQWnxsMre321Wk&utm_action=click.

Kapi’olani Community College Culinary Arts Program, the only other Hawaii program included in the survey, is ranked No. 7.

“It’s an incredible and humbling honor,” says program coordinator and pastry chef Teresa Shurilla. “It’s a tribute to our faculty, staff, administration and students. Even in this challenging time with our kitchens and classrooms closed, we are forging ahead making use of every available technology.

“And it underlines the importance of all us supporting our food and beverage community. We want our all our graduates to thrive in industry when it’s safe out there once again.”

For more information about the UH-Maui College program, go to maui.hawaii.edu/culinary/.


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