Joint culinary team featured on ‘Sam Choy’s in the Kitchen’

| July 20, 2017 | 0 Comments
Culinary specialists from Joint Team Hawaii prepare a salmon dish while filming an episode of "Sam Choy's in the Kitchen" with Chefs Sam Choy and John Veneri. The episode will air this Sunday July 23 at 6:30 p.m. HST on KHON2. (U.S Army Photo by Maj. Lindsey Elder, 8th Theater Sustainment Command)

Culinary specialists from Joint Team Hawaii prepare a salmon dish while filming an episode of “Sam Choy’s in the Kitchen” with Chefs Sam Choy and John Veneri. The episode will air this Sunday July 23 at 6:30 p.m. HST on KHON2. (U.S Army Photo by Maj. Lindsey Elder, 8th Theater Sustainment Command)

Story and photos by
Maj. Lindsey Elder
8th TSC Public Affairs

Joint Team Hawaii is the top culinary team in the Department of Defense and earned the bronze in the American Culinary Federation’s Student Team Competition on July 13 in Orlando, Florida.

Staff Sgt. Renie Arana, advanced culinary NCO, 2nd IBCT, 25th ID, talks to Chef Sam Choy during the filming of "Sam Choy's in the Kitchen". The Joint Team Hawaii focused episode will air this Sunday July 23 at 6:30 p.m. HST on KHON2. Arana serves as a senior mentor to the Joint Team Hawaii culinary team.

Staff Sgt. Renie Arana, advanced culinary NCO, 2nd IBCT, 25th ID, talks to Chef Sam Choy during the filming of “Sam Choy’s in the Kitchen”. The Joint Team Hawaii focused episode will air this Sunday July 23 at 6:30 p.m. HST on KHON2. Arana serves as a senior mentor to the Joint Team Hawaii culinary team.

But if you couldn’t be in Orlando to see these talented chefs face off against competitors from some of the top civilian culinary programs across the country, don’t fret. There’s an entire episode of “Sam Choy’s In the Kitchen” about the team.

The episode premieres Sunday, July 23, at 6:30 p.m. HST on KHON2 and at KHON’s website. If you can’t see it live, it will be available online at khon2.com/sam-choys-in-the-kitchen/ on July 24.

Joint Team Hawaii includes Soldiers from 8th Theater Sustainment Command, 25th Infantry Division, 311th Signal Command–Theater, 18th Medical Command, 8th Military Police Brigade, 130th Engineer Brigade, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, 25th Sustainment Brigade and Airmen from the U.S Air Force’s 15th Wing.

The episode features Joint Team Hawaii creating some of their favorite dishes with professional chefs Sam Choy and John Veneri. There is also some healthy competition when they face off in a food challenge as “Team Salmon” vs. “Team Steak.”

For members of the team, filming was not only fun, but validation of the accomplishments they have made this year in their craft.

It also highlights how the culinary occupational field gives service members the opportunity to pursue professional certification with the American Culinary Federation. Such accreditations can make a world of difference as they transition to their civilian careers.

Joint Team Hawaii members film an episode of "Sam Choy's in the Kitchen" with Chefs Sam Choy and John Veneri. The episode will air this Sunday July 23 at 6:30 p.m. HST on KHON2.

Joint Team Hawaii members film an episode of “Sam Choy’s in the Kitchen” with Chefs Sam Choy and John Veneri. The episode will air this Sunday July 23 at 6:30 p.m. HST on KHON2.

“For the team and myself personally, it’s a good feeling. It gives you validation of what you’ve been working on. And that people are taking notice. This is a good news story and some great training that translates to the real world,” said Staff Sgt. Renie Arana, advanced culinary non-commissioned officer with the 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 25th ID.

Arana serves as a senior mentor to Joint Team Hawaii.

Arana also had a very positive experience from working with Sam Choy.

“To see someone that’s local, speak to him about his experience, see where he’s come from and gone in his life, it’s a big thing,” he said.

“I come from a small island too, Puerto Rico. We sat down and talked about what it means to be home: the smell, the sound of the ocean, the coconut trees. So we can definitely bond at that level, but also the love of food and creation,” Arana said.

Footage of the episode will also be featured the next day on “Living 808” from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. on KHON2 Channel 2, where Chefs Sam Choy and John Veneri will be making a new dish, and discussing their time with the team.

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