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Jake Belmonte

Jake Belmonte Jake Belmonte
Chef Instructor
Maui Culinary Academy
University of Hawai'i Maui College

After 16 years as a successful chef at the Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui Culinary Academy graduate Jake Belmonte has returned "home" to share his extensive culinary knowledge and skills with the students at UH Maui College's Culinary Academy. His experience spans all aspects of Food & Beverage leadership including the position of resort sous chef and chef de cuisine of the Fairmont Kea Lani's cutting edge restaurant Ko. Chef Belmonte attained his applied associates in science degree from UH Maui College in 1997 and was instrumental in the development of the program's first two American Culinary Federation (ACF) sponsored Junior Hot Food Cooking Competition and Skills Challenge teams in 1998 and 1999 that represented Hawai'i in the ACF Western Regional competitions in California and Las Vegas, Nevada. Chef Belmonte brings numerous years of experience and currency to the culinary program at Maui College in the areas of a la carte cookery, banquet service and special events planning.

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