This year’s main entreé will include chocolate, among other ingredients

The Maui Culinary Academy (MCA) at the University of Hawaiʻi Maui College, in partnership with the Fairmont Kea Lani Maui and Maui No Ka ʻOi Magazine, will present the 19th annual Noble Chef benefit on Saturday, October 17, 2015.

The Noble Chef is Maui Culinary Academy’s largest annual fundraiser, and features a mentorship program that pairs together many of Maui’s most celebrated chefs and MCA students. This year’s event theme is “The World on a Plate–Latin America” represented by a celebrity chef-designed reception menu spanning the flavors, traditions and the spices of Latin culture.

The 19th annual Noble Chef benefit begins with a festive courtyard reception with a celebrity-chef designed menu at 5:30 p.m., followed by an elegant gourmet dinner with entertainment and auction at 7 p.m.

Back by popular demand is the Buena Vista Lounge industry after party at 8:30 p.m. in the Fairmont Kea Lani’s Lobby Mezzanine, featuring Cuban tastings from Maui Culinary Academy alumni Chef Travis Morrin of Three’s Bar and Grill.

“The annual Noble Chef event is our most anticipated function for our culinary art students and faculty.​ They benefit from spending valuable time with our local Maui celebrity chefs ​through kitchen preparation that begins a few days out from the event date,” said Chef Dean Louie, Maui Culinary Academy program coordinator. “This creates real–world environments for students to cultivate working relationships with industry partners and the hands-on training they receive is an invaluable and memorable experience.”

This year’s celebrity “Noble Chefs” include:

  • Craig Dryhurst, Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea
  • Mark Ellman, Frida’s Beach House
  • Lyndon Honda, Laulima Catering and Events
  • Matteo Mistura, Matteo’s Osteria
  • Travis Morrin, Three’s Bar and Grill
  • Paris Nabavi, Sangrita Grill + Cantina
  • Geno Sarmiento, Nick’s Fish Market
  • Sheldon Simeon, Migrant
  • Ryan Urig, Grand Wailea

Added Louie, “​The training MCA students receive for a summer at the Fairmont Kea Lani will transport them far beyond the college lecture room and practical kitchen labs. First-hand industry experience will provide priceless learning lessons and skill sets required for life-long careers.”

For more information or to purchase a ticket/table, visit the Noble Chef website.

For more, read the full story on The Noble Chef website.

A dish from The Noble Chef 2013. (photo credit: Mieko Photography)