Raising Funds for UH Maui College Culinary Arts Program, October 28th, 2017
August 1, 2017 (MAUI, HAWAII) – University of Hawai`i Maui College Culinary Arts Program is proud to announce the details for their 2017 Noble Chef fundraising gala on October 28th, 2017. Held at the Fairmont Kea Lani, the event will feature students working alongside Maui’s most notable Chefs in a not-to-be-missed culinary journey to the Hawaii of yester-year. Reception begins at 5:30 pm followed by sit-down dinner at 7:00 pm.
This year’s theme “Hawaiian Renaissance” delights the senses with décor, fashion and traditional local entertainment. Utilizing local produce, ingredients and techniques paired with the islands rich culture the student chefs will work alongside their professional mentors to create an experience that will transport you back to days gone by of old Hawaii.
Maui's top celebrity chefs will present appetizers at the cocktail reception created and prepared by a chef- student team. Prior to the event, UHMC Culinary Arts students work side-by-side with the chefs in their restaurants for hands-on training. Being involved in the process - from developing a menu item through the delivery of locally sourced, world-class cuisine – prepares students as they “learn by doing” for their transformation into the next generation of professional chefs. Working one-on-one with UHMC Culinary Arts students, this year our celebrity chefs include:
- Lee Anderson – Sugar Beach Events
- Isaac Bancaco – Ka’ana Kitchen at Andaz Maui
- Robert Barrera – Cane and Canoe at Montage Kapalua Lyndon Honda – Sheraton Maui Resort
- Travis Morrin – Three’s Bar & Grill
- Geno Sarmiento –Nick’s Fish Market
- Alvin Savella and Kenneth Sniffen – The Banyan Tree Restaurant at the Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua Roger Stettler - Taverna
- Ryan Urig – The Grand Wailea Resort
The reception will be followed by a sit-down, coursed dinner prepared and served by the UHMC Culinary Arts Program faculty, Chef Tom Lelli and Chef Craig Omori, and students. The evening wraps up with a surprise dessert finale by Executive Pastry Chef Four Seasons Resort Maui, Bruce Trouyet, and a special pastry art presentation by UHMC Culinary Arts Program Coordinator and Pastry Chef Instructor, Teresa Shurilla, and her students.
After sampling the appetizers, guests can cast their vote for their favorite appetizer, and the winning celebrity chef team will be recognized on stage!
Handcrafted cocktails featuring local island producers Maui Winery, Hawaii Sea Spirits and Hali’imaile Distillery will be created by master mixologists, and a selection of fine wines will be available during the reception and paired with the dinner courses.
The Noble Chef is UH Maui College Culinary Arts Program’s largest annual fundraiser, with proceeds directly supporting culinary education, student career advancement, and community service. Proceeds are allocated toward student scholarships, student field experiences and internships, student culinary competitions, program enrichment and enhancement, and professional development for culinary faculty.
Tickets are $195 per person. Sponsorship opportunities: $10,000 for a Title Sponsorship (table of eight), $5000 for a Premiere Sponsorship (table of eight) and $3,000 for a Patron Sponsorship. Limited seating available. To reserve your seat, or to inquire about sponsorship benefits, please contact Marilyn Fornwall at the UH Foundation at: 808-984-3261 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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About UH Maui College Culinary Arts Program
UHMC Culinary Arts Program is an award-winning educational program housed in the beautiful 38,000 square-feet Pa'ina Culinary Arts Center at the University of Hawai`i Maui College campus in Kahului. Instructors integrate culinary classes with specialized commercial operations to offer an intensive learning environment. Students gain practical training in nine kitchen labs and prepare for the professional industry by operating several food outlets. The curriculum emphasizes outreach and field experience through resort hotel properties, local restaurants, agricultural partners and professional industry support in research and development. The award-winning Leis Family Class Act is a fine dining room which serves as a learning lab for culinary students and is open to the public for lunch.
The University of Hawaiʻi Foundation, a nonprofit organization, raises private funds to support the University of Hawaiʻi System. The mission of the University of Hawaiʻi Foundation is to unite donors' passions with the University of Hawaiʻi’s aspirations by raising philanthropic support and managing private investments to benefit UH, the people of Hawaiʻi and our future generations www.uhfoundation.org.