Guslander Distinguished Visiting Chef Chai Chaowasaree Presents Cooking Demonstration at Kapi‘olani Community College

Kapiʻolani Community College
Posted: Jun 20, 2008

HONOLULU — In conjunction with the Smithsonian "Key Ingredients" Exhibition, Kapiʻolani Community College is pleased to announce a cooking demonstration by Chef Chai Chaowasaree. The free demonstration will be held Wednesday, June 25, 12 p.m. — 2 p.m. at Kapiʻolani Community College, Ohiʻa Building, Room 118, and is part of the visiting chef program funded through the Grace and Lyle Guslander Distinguished Visitors Program in Advanced Food Service.

Chef Chai Chaowasaree is the owner of award winning Chai‘s Island Bistro at the Aloha Tower Marketplace and Singha Thai Cuisine, located in Waikiki. He is recognized as one of Hawaiʻi‘s best chefs and will demonstrate preparation of the following dishes:

- Chai‘s signature kataifi-wrapped tiger prawns with pineapple vinaigrette

- Grilled Thai beef salad with lemongrass garlic dressing

- Thai red curry with chicken and bamboo shoots

Public parking is available in the "B" and "C" parking lots on the Kapiʻolani Community College. A brief biography of Chef Chowasaree is attached for your reference.

"Key Ingredients" is part of Museum on Main Street, a unique collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, state humanities councils across the nation, and local host institutions. To learn more about "Key Ingredients" and other Museum on Main Street exhibitions, visit

Kapiʻolani Community College is planning a variety of activities to coincide with the exhibit, including a lecture and film series, story telling sessions, and a mixed plate art exhibit with local elementary schools. Information on these activities and the local exhibit, including exhibit hours, can be found online at

Grace Guslander created "The Distinguished Visitors Program in Advanced Food Service" at Kapiʻolani Community College to perpetuate her husband Lyle‘s memory by fulfilling his desire "to give back to the community." Through a generous donation made in 1989, the distinguished visiting chef‘s program was launched, and Kapiʻolani Community College has showcased several of its graduates who have become outstanding chefs themselves, or other renowned chefs from Hawaii and abroad.

Previous participants in the Guslander Visiting Chef's Program have included Stanton Ho, executive pastry chef at the Las Vegas Hilton, who at the time of his visit was among the top 10 chefs in America. The program was also privileged to have Tony Liu, now the executive chef at August Restaurant in New York; Andre Soltner, dean of classic studies at the French Culinary Institute; and Richard Han, a Kapiʻolani CC graduate who became the executive chef at Pechanga Resort and Casino in California.

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