KAHULUI - Maui Culinary Academy at the University of Hawaii Maui College, in partnership with the Fairmont Kea Lani Maui and Young's Market Company of Hawaii, will present the 17th annual Noble Chef benefit on Saturday, Oct. 26.
The event begins with a VIP reception at 5 p.m., followed by a full reception at 6 p.m. and elegant gourmet dinner with entertainment and auction at 7 p.m.
Tickets are $250 for preferred seating and $185 for general seating. Table sponsorships begin at $3,000.
This year’s celebrity “noble chefs” include Wes Holder of Pulehu, an Italian Grill.
Noble Chef, the academy's largest annual fundraiser, features a mentorship program that pairs together many Maui celebrity chefs and MCA students.
This year's theme is "The World on a Plate," represented by 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 will sit down for a multi-course gourmet French dinner and dessert prepared by MCA's faculty chefs. They include Jake Belmonte, Tom Lelli, Craig Omori, Jeff Scheer, Theresa Shurilla and Christina Pafford.
Wine and spirits throughout the evening will be provided by Young's Market Company of Hawaii, Ocean Vodka and Maui Brewing Company.
In addition to preparing the evening's meals together, the celebrity chefs and students they mentor spend several days beforehand in a learning exchange, providing invaluable, hands-on experience for MCA students.
This year's celebrity "noble chefs" are Greg Gaspar of the Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa; Chris Kulis and Brian Etheredge of Capische?; Brett Martin of Andaz Maui at Wailea; Lyndon Honda of Laulima Events & Catering; Marc McDowell of Makena Resort Maui; Anton Haines of Pacific'o; Bret Pafford of Gannon's; Wes Holder of Pulehu, an Italian Grill; and Bryan Beneke of Four Seasons Maui Resort.
Noble Chef Table Sponsorships directly benefit the Maui Culinary Academy; to view packages, visit http:// bit.ly/SponsorNC13.