Ms. Kusuma Cooray
60 North Beretania Street, Suite 410
Honolulu, Hawaii 96817-4754
Mrs. Cooray CCE (Certified Executive Chef), CHE (Certified Hospitality Educator)
had her culinary training in the UK. She won the Burton Trophy for Outstanding Student
National Baking School, London. She obtained her technical training at Marks and
spencer Directors Dining Room London, and Henry 1V Restaurant in Chartres Franc.
Kusuma was elected Fellow of the Cookery and Food Association (FCFA) of Great Britain.
She started her culinary career in the US as Corporate chef for tobacco heiress
Doris Duke and later was the Executive chef for the renowned restaurant The Willows.
She was awarded a scholarship by the School of Hotel Administration, Cornell University,
and was also a guest lecturer there.
She is a long standing member of the Chaine des Rotisseurs. She was awarded the Brillat
Savarin Medal of Honor, and most recently the Gold Star of Excellence in recognition
of her contributions towards the education of young chefs in Hawaii and the Pacific.
She is Commandeur and Conseillier Culinaire Provinciale Honoraire Hawaii.
Kusuma taught 28 years at the University of Hawaii Culinary Institute of the Pacific,
at KCC and retired as Professor Emerita in 2015. She is the Author of "Burst of Flavor"
and "Ocean to Plate" published by the University of Hawai’i Press and both won the
Publishers Award of Excellence in cookbooks. Her third book is due to be launched 2018.
Les Dames Escoffier International (LDEI) Hawaii Chapter recently nominated Kusuma as Grand Dame Hawaii.
Recommended by the Commander of the Pacific Command Admiral Harry B. Harris, Kusuma was awarded
The Distinguished Public Service Award by the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in Washington,
and was presented to kusuma by Admiral Harris in March 2017.
Kusuma served 16 years as the Honorary Consul for Sri Lanka in Hawaii. She was the Vice Dean,
and Dean of the Consul Corps in 2012.