Show 221, April 29, 2017: Chef Instructor Teresa “Cheech” Shurilla, University of Hawaii-Maui College

Teresa Cheech ShurillaChef instructor Teresa “Cheech” Shurilla of University of Hawaii – Maui College oversees the college competition at the Big Island Chocolate Festival and has done if for several years. It involves countless hours of coordination. The Festival has had student participants from UH-Maui College, UH-Hilo and UH-Palamanui in Kona.

Prince Hotel and winners were announced at the concluding Saturday night Festival Gala.

Chef Shurilla has been working and teaching in the culinary field for over thirty-four years. Prepare to be judged…


For Friday’s college competition, UH-Maui College took first and second while UH-Palamanui came in third.

Six high school culinary teams participated in the gala with Kea‘au High School winning first, followed by Waiakea in second and Konawaena in third. Three students earning culinary scholarships were Hannah Norman and Mina Acosta-Cabamungan of Waiakea and Rhoma Dai of Kea‘au.