Annual “Noble Chef” Fundraiser a Success, Thanks to Partners The Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui, Young’s Market Company of Hawai‘i, Maui No Ka Oi Magazine, and many others
KAHULUI, Hawaii, Nov 4 – The Maui Culinary Academy (MCA) at the University of Hawai‘i Maui College (UHMC),is thrilled to announce the success of its 17th annual fundraising benefit The Noble Chef, which was held in Wailea on Saturday, October 26, 2013.
In partnership with The Fairmont Kea Lani Maui and Young’s Market Company of Hawai‘i, and with the support of title sponsor Maui No Ka Oi Magazine and various other sponsors, the MCA and its broad community alliance were able to secure nearly $100,000 in net funding to support program development and growth at the award-winning, accredited academy, as well as to augment of the growing Noble Chef Scholarship Endowment fund.
The Maui Culinary Academy’s external coordinator and faculty chef Chris Speere serves as a core member of the event’s committee each year, and speaks of the inspiration The Noble Chef provides all who participate.
“In its simplest form, The Noble Chef inspires the noble act of “reciprocity”, of giving back in support of the culinary craft we hold so dear and the unlimited potential of tomorrow’s chefs,” said Speere.
The Noble Chef is MCA’s largest annual fundraiser, and features a mentorship program that pairs together many of Maui’s celebrity chefs and MCA students. This year’s event theme was “The World on a Plate”, which brought guests a celebrity chef-designed reception menu spanning the culinary “hot spots” of the world, including Japan, Vietnam, Morocco, Spain, Great Britain, India, Greece, New Zealand, and Mexico. After the reception, guests enjoyed a multi-course gourmet French dinner and dessert prepared by MCA’s faculty chefs and their students, accented by performances from French chanteuse Lydia Panzik. Incredible staffing and facility support was provided by The Fairmont Kea Lani Maui, while wine and spirits through out the evening were provided by Young’s Market Company of Hawai‘i and Maui Brewing Company.
The involvement of The Fairmont Kea Lani is a cornerstone of this evening, with Executive Chef Tylun Pang, serving as co-founder and lead mentor each year.
“I am very proud to continually support the Maui Culinary Academy,” says Executive Chef Tylun Pang. “To see students receive such a high caliber of culinary education and training right here on Maui is very exciting. Some of my best chefs are graduates of the program.”
Noble Chef Table Sponsorships directly benefit the Maui Culinary Academy, and this year’s table sponsors include: Maui No Ka Oi Magazine, Maui Oil Company, Gunars and JoRene Valkirs, Bank of Hawai‘i, Johnson Controls, First Hawaiian Bank, Maui Soda & Ice Works/Roselani Ice Cream, Culinary Institute of the Pacific, HFM Foodservice, Ulupalakua Vineyards, Earl and Sandi Stoner, TS Restaurants, Pulama Lana‘I, UHMC, VIP Foodservice, and Sodexo.
For photos of the event and more information about The Noble Chef, explore the menu of this website. High-resolution images for print are available upon request.
Sara Tekula, The Iris Agency