Posted on | June 17, 2011 | Comments Off
The Maui Culinary Academy and the Fairmont Kea Lani resort have shared a culinary partnership for more than 15 years. This partnership includes the Noble Chef fundraiser and the resort employs MCA graduates. Now Fairmont Kea Lani Executive Chef Tylun Pang is donating 100 percent of the proceeds from his newest cookbook, What Maui Likes to Eat, to the MCA program.
Pang personally selected MCA graduates already working in his kitchen to help him with the project. “Putting together a cookbook is a big project, and I needed and wanted to get the other chefs in our kitchen involved,” says Pang.
What Maui Likes to Eat is Pang’s fourth book in the Likes to Eat series, which features dishes Pang believes epitomize Maui’s culinary history. “The book is not only about Maui food but it’s also about the places and the people. I wanted it to be more then just a recipe book, it’s a people book celebrating sustainable Maui grown ingredients, island fishermen, and da kine local folks,” says Pang.
“With my connections to MCA, and the students, it made it a natural fit to donate the money. It was just the right thing to do,” says Pang.
“Chef Pang’s gesture is truly generous and remarkable, considering the personal time and effort he committed to bring the book to fruition,” says Maui Culinary Academy Co-Program Coordinator Chris Speere.
The funds raised from the book sales will be used in the Culinary Enrichment Fund that supports students in attending culinary competitions, workshops and seminars, or to purchase equipment to help maintain the excellence of the program. It also provides professional development funds for faculty.
What Maui Likes to Eat, can be purchased at the Fairmont Kea Lani, Costco, Borders, Longs Drugs, local bookstores, Amazon and Mutual Publishing. It will also soon be available in the campus bookstore and the Pa’ina cafeteria at UH Maui College.