MEDIA ADVISORY: 7-Eleven partners with Kapi‘olani CC students in healthy bento competition

Kapiʻolani Community College
Lauren Tamamoto, (808) 734-9593
Coordinator, Culinary Innovation Center
Louise Yamamoto, (808) 734-9513
Director of College Relations, Office for College and Community Relations
Posted: Nov 26, 2018

Kapiolani CC students prepare for healthy bento competition.
Kapiolani CC students prepare for healthy bento competition.

Who:  8 Kapi‘olani Community College Culinary Arts student finalists are competing in the "Bring on the Bento" healthy bento competition

The students are in CULN 380-Nutritional Cuisines, which is part of the three-year advanced professional certificate program offered at Kapio‘olani CC.  

What:   7-Eleven Hawai‘i is partnering with Kapi‘olani CC’s Culinary Arts and Culinology students to develop a better-for-you bento or bowl to potentially be sold at all 7-Eleven Hawaiʻi locations for a limited time in 2019.

 When:  Wednesday, November 28, 2018, 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

 Where:  Kapi‘olani CC, Culinary Institute of the Pacific, 4500 Diamond Head Road

 Why:  This competition supports the local agriculture industry and local culinary talent.  

 How:   Finalists must use at least two locally grown ingredients in the bento or bowl, which can contain no more than 700 calories.

 Finalist names and dishes:

  • T. Alana | Chicken Loco Moco

  • Mychelle Coon | Sweet and Spicy Vegetarian Chili

  • Lee Ann Young | Gomoku Rice and Chicken Bento

  • Ace Cabango | Teriyaki Salmon Bento with Roasted Kabocha and Snap Peas

  • Primo Mateo | Pastele Stew and Gandule Rice

  • Jeongyeon Shim | Fiery Spicy Pork Bowl

  • Cindy Nakabayashi | Orange Chicken Bowl

  • Nohea Banner | Vegan Indian/Thai Fusion Curry with Brown Rice, Vegan Naan Bread

Caption information:  Students in the CULN 380-Nutritional Cuisines course listened to a presentation by 7-Eleven Hawai‘i representatives in preparation of the "Bring on the Bento" healthy bento competition. 7-Eleven brought about 20 different food products for students to familiarize them with the offerings available at 7-Eleven and to provide inspiration for the competition.