Cameron Linden (Hawaiʻi CC – Pālamanui, '16) knows where she wants to take her culinary skills.
“My dream job would be something that allows me to work with people long-term, focusing on cooking nutritionally and developing exercise plans. I really enjoy seeing people improve and helping them in their journey. One of my future goals is to become a registered dietitian.”
After earning her associate’s at Pālamanui, Linden went earned her Bachelor of Science in culinary nutrition with a concentration in dietetics at Johnson & Wales University. Now working on her master's degree in nutrition and exercise physiology at Washington State University (WSU), she is simultaneously going through a dietetic internship.
Linden recalls Pālamanui's small class sizes that “allow the students and instructors to develop strong, professional relationships.” The skills she learned there helped her develop recipes for two families she worked for as a personal chef, whose family members had special dietary needs. Also while at Pālamanui, she enjoyed participating in culinary competitions, such as the Hilo Culinary Classic, Kona Coffee Festival and the Hawaiʻi Culinary Competition Expo where she did especially well, receiving specific mention by one of the master chefs for her Poulet Bercy, a French dish she prepared in Vietnamese style.
Click here for the full story as well as Linden’s recipe for chicken yakisoba.