Champion ice-carvers help KCC culinary students – The Garden Island

PUHI — Kaua‘i Community College culinary-arts department instructor chef Mark Oyama overcame strict policies on admission generated by the COVID-19 pandemic to bring chefs Dale Radomski and Charlie Matsuda to the Puhi campus.

Students in the culinary-arts Garde Manger class were treated to a hands-on instruction and guidance by the visiting pair of chefs who are from the Hawai‘i’s-champion carving team from the International Snow Sculpture Contest held at the Sapporo Snow Festival in Japan.

The five participating students are scheduled to graduate following the current spring semester.

Radomski and Matsuda guided the students through various ice-sculpting pieces that are popular with fine-dining events, and groomed the students in more-detailed studies, including the creation of smaller pieces that incorporated coloration for enhanced impact.

As an added treat, Radomski worked with students on vegetable and fruit carvings using techniques he learned from a distinguished school in Thailand.

The Garde Manger class is part of the KCC culinary-arts program, with a curriculum approved by the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation, leading students who graduate from an accredited associate-degree program or from an accredited non-degree program, to earn ACF certification as certified culinarians in the state.


Dennis Fujimoto, staff writer and photographer, can be reached at 245-0453 or