22nd annual noble chef gala—raising funds for uh maui culinary arts program: november 10, 2018

University of Hawai‘i Maui College Culinary Arts Program is proud to announce the details for their 2018 Noble Chef fundraising gala on November 10, 2018. This year the event will move to a new venue, The Sheraton Maui, and will feature students working alongside Maui’s most notable Chefs in a not-to-be-missed culinary journey to turn-of-the-century France’s famed “Moulin Rouge.” Reception begins at 5:30pm followed by sit-down dinner at 7pm.

This year’s theme “Moulin Rouge” will delight the senses with delicacies, décor, flair, fashion and nostalgic traditional French entertainment. Utilizing local produce, ingredients and techniques paired with unique French style cuisine, the student chefs will work alongside their professional mentors to create an event that will transport you back to an experience typical of an evening on le rue où se trouve le moulin rouge.

Maui’s top celebrity chefs will present a selection of 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 and at the University for hands-on training. The opportunity to be 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:

Tom Lelli, Craig Omori, Joe Tocci, Noel Cleary and Brant Holland – UHMC Culinary Arts Program
Lee Anderson – Sugar Beach Events
Lyndon Honda – ROCKsalt at The Sheraton Maui Resort and Spa
Travis Morrin – Three’s Bar & Grill and Fork and Salad
Tylun Pang – Ko Restaurant at The Kea Lani Resort
Geno Sarmiento – Son’z Steakhouse at The Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa
Alvin Savella and Kenneth Sniffen – The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua
Roger Stettler – Taverna Maui
The Culinary Team – The Plantation House

The reception will be followed by a sit-down, three course dinner prepared and served by the culinary students with the support of Executive Sous Chef Taylor Ponte – The Mill House – who will prepare the first course and Executive Chef Craig Dryhurst – The Four Seasons Maui – who will prepare the entrée. The evening will wrap up with a surprise dessert finale by Executive Pastry Chef of The Grand Wailea Resort, Fabrice Benezit. In addition and as always, there will be special pastry art presentation by UHMC Culinary Arts Program Coordinator and Pastry Chef Instructor, Teresa Shurilla and Pastry Arts Instructor, Hannah Stanchfield

After sampling the appetizers, guests can cast their vote for their favorite appetizer, and the winning celebrity chef team will be recognized on stage for their unique creative presentation and blending of flavors.

Master mixologists Aaron Acala – Mosley from Lineage Restaurant will create handcrafted cocktails from local Maui distilleries; Hawaii Sea Spirits and Hali’imaile Distillery along with Maui Winery. In addition, wine and sparkling wine selections featuring local island producers Maui Winery, and a selection of fine wines supported by local island distributers 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 also allocated toward student scholarships, student field experiences and internships, student culinary competitions, program enrichment and enhancement, and professional development for culinary faculty.

Tickets to Noble Chef are $195 per person. Sponsorship opportunities: $10,000 for a Title Sponsorship “Renoir” (table of eight), $5000 for a Premiere Sponsorship “Monet”(table of eight) and $3,000 for a Patron Sponsorship “Toulouse-Lautrec” (table of eight). Limited seating is available. To reserve your seat, or to inquire about sponsorship benefits, please contact Marilyn Fornwall at 984-3261 or fornwall@hawaii.edu

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