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Christmas at the Fairmont-Dining with the Chefs event benefits HCC culinary students

Members of the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel’s culinary station wait for guests at the 25th Christmas at the Fairmont-Dining with the Chefs. The Mauna Lani was recognized for 25 years of involvement with the event, which funds scholarships for local culinary students. (COURTESY PHOTO)
Members of the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel’s culinary station wait for guests at the 25th Christmas at the Fairmont-Dining with the Chefs. The Mauna Lani was recognized for 25 years of involvement with the event, which funds scholarships for local culinary students. (COURTESY PHOTO)
Clare Bobo of Waikoloa Village drenches a fresh strawberry in the Cocoa Outlet’s chocolate fountain, one of 20 culinary stations at the ACF Kona Kohala Chefs event. (COURTESY PHOTO)
Clare Bobo of Waikoloa Village drenches a fresh strawberry in the Cocoa Outlet’s chocolate fountain, one of 20 culinary stations at the ACF Kona Kohala Chefs event. (COURTESY PHOTO)
Students at Hawaii Community College-West Hawaii are the events beneficiaries and they displayed elaborate gingerbread creations, like this church, which measured nearly three feet in height. (COURTESY PHOTO)
Students at Hawaii Community College-West Hawaii are the events beneficiaries and they displayed elaborate gingerbread creations, like this church, which measured nearly three feet in height. (COURTESY PHOTO)

Christmas at The Fairmont, Dining with the Chefs celebrated its 25th anniversary at the hotel on Saturday, Dec. 14.

The annual holiday gala is a culinary scholarship fundraiser presented by the American Culinary Federation Kona Kohala Chefs Association that features food prepared by 20 top Hawaii chefs and confectioners.

A few of the dishes this year included: yuzu shrimp tacos, smoked salmon potato terrine, Thai beef salad, bacon-wrapped Hamakua mushrooms and kampachi poke with ulu chips, eggnog crème brulee and pumpkin-spiced ice cream sandwich with burnt cream caramel and Hawaiian salt.

Chefs and confectioners hailed from Café Pesto, Cocoa Outlet, Daylight Mind Coffee Company, Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, Hamakua Mushrooms, Hilton Waikoloa Village, Huggo’s, Kailua Candy Company, King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel, Lava Lava Beach Club, Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows, Redwater Café, Roy’s Waikoloa, Sam Choy’s Kai Lanai and the Sheraton Kona.