Noble Chef 2012
Held at the Fairmont Kea Lani, the 2012 Noble Chef would have been memorable even without a looming tsunami. The gala was filled with energy, excitement and tremendous support for the beneficiary, Maui Culinary Academy. Then came the announcement: Guests would have perhaps an hour to enjoy dinner before heading to higher ground. As academy students zipped about, serving courses and clearing plates, guests quickly ate, bid on auction items, and grabbed take-home containers of what was supposed to be a leisurely dessert buffet. Abbreviated to one-third its scheduled time, the Noble Chef still managed to raise nearly $100,000 for the Academy—and provide anecdotes guests will be recounting for a long time to come.