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The ‘Aipono Awards are the first high-profile restaurant awards devoted entirely to Maui. They are awards of honor and distinction determined by our readers, the residents and visitors of Maui. The prestigious Chef of the Year title is decided by peer review, voted on exclusively by Maui chefs and industry insiders.
The annual ‘Aipono Awards Gala is a benefit for the Maui Culinary Academy. Guests are regaled with wines and spirits by Chambers & Chambers Wine Merchants, sumptuous pupu (appetizers) prepared and served by Academy students, and a fabulous gourmet dinner hosted by three ‘Aipono-winning restaurants. Students enjoy the invaluable experience of working alongside sponsor restaurant chefs on the day of the event, in preparing the gala’s dinner. Ticket sales generate valuable unencumbered funds for the school, as well as scholarship money for deserving students. At this event—everyone’s a winner!
Throughout the year, the ‘Aipono Winemaker’s Dinner Series brings the industry’s top winemakers to ‘Aipono Award-winning restaurants. Dinners are designed to be intimate and educational, with the direction of Advanced Sommelier Charles Fredy of Chambers & Chambers Wine Merchants and personal appearances by winery owners and/or representatives. Proceeds benefit the Maui Culinary Academy.
Restaurant of the Year
Chef of the Year
Isaac Bancaco, Chef de Cuisine | Ka'ana Kitchen, Andaz Maui
Maui County Farm Bureau’s Friend of Agriculture
Eric Faivre, Executive Chef | Grand Wailea Resort & Spa
Excellence in Sustainability
Wailea Beach Marriott Resort & Spa
Lifetime Achievement Award
Tylun Pang, Executive Chef | Fairmont Kea Lani
Maui has an exceptional culinary community which we at Maui No Ka ‘Oi Magazine are honored to support through our ‘Aipono Program consisting of 6 wine dinners throughout the year and culminating in the premiere restaurant awards celebration on Maui, the ‘Aipono Awards.
‘Aipono Wine Dinners are unique, intimate, and educational. During the evening, enjoy a fabulous meal and learn about wine from an Advanced Sommelier. $25 from each dinner supports Maui Culinary Academy.
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View photos of the Aipono Wine Dinner held at Morimoto Maui on October 4, 2014.
Diners got a taste of la dolce vita during the August 30 ʻAipono Wine Dinner at Ferraro’s Bar e Ristorante — winner of the 2014 Gold ‘Aipono Award for Best Italian Restaurant.
During the June 14 Aipono Wine Dinner at the Plantation House, Chef Jojo Vasquez crafted a menu featuring kampachi tiradito, Chilean sea bass and Pekin duck. Following dinner, he displayed his molecular gastronomy skills with a stylish dessert that included a chocolate sphere, hibiscus gele and mango and raspberry gel.
Diners embarked on a culinary adventure to Italy on February 8 at Capische? during the sold-out ‘Aipono Wine Dinner series that supports UH-Maui College’s Culinary Academy.
Photography from the 2014 Aipono Awards Gala, held Sunday April 13, at the Four Seasons. Thanks to our generous sponsors and guests, we were once again able to generate thousands of dollars in extra funds to support Maui Culinary Academy students.
Join our ‘Aipono ‘ohana (family). Help us support the champions of our dynamic food and hospitality industries. Become a sponsor of the Awards Gala. Host a winemaker’s dinner at your restaurant. Donate auction items or money to fatten the student scholarship fund. Contact us today: (808) 242-8331: firstname.lastname@example.org