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Culinary students prepare lunches for fellow students and volunteers

University of Hawaii Maui College culinary students (from left) Pomai Kina, Rony Cristo Leano and Natalie Bhyhre get ready to distribute lunches to students outside of the Pa’ina Building at the Kahului campus. — Photo courtesy UH-Maui College

The University of Hawaii Maui College Culinary Arts Program is one of very few programs that require some face-to-face instruction that is done with strict adherence to all COVID-19 health and safety protocols, according to a news release.

“We have full cohorts of 10 students each in both our intermediate and batch cookery classes,” said Culinary Arts Program Coordinator and Pastry Chef Teresa Shurilla. “There’s a lot of food … and no one to enjoy it.”

UH-Maui College Chef Instructors Noel Cleary and Peter Pak suggested the classes provide free lunches for students who need to be on campus and to the volunteers at the COVID-19 vaccination clinics being held in the campus parking lot.

The students have cooked and served dishes such as pork ragu and eggplant parmesan complete with side dishes and some sweet treats prepared by the baking classes.

“It’s another example of the way we can successfully partner with the community to everyone’s benefit,” said UH-Maui College Chancellor Lui Hokoana. “The food not only looks good, but it’s delicious, too. The care with which the students pack the lunch boxes and serve their food shows how much pride they take in what they do and how happy they are that their food is being enjoyed.”

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