‘Tylun Pang Aspiring Chef Scholarship’ now in fifth year at Fairmont Kea Lani

Executive Chef Tylun Pang flambes an entree in the kitchen. He and his resort are the benefactors of a culinary scholarship each year. -- Fairmont Kea Lani photo

The Fairmont Kea Lani in Wailea not only serves as the host hotel for University of Hawai’i Maui College Culinary Arts Program’s Noble Chef benefit, but it also generously provides a beefy $5,000 annual scholarship to the most deserving student chef.

The scholarship part of its participation has been ongoing for five years in a row. Besides the monetary gift, each student has had an opportunity to apprentice at the hotel, learn from Pang and his team, and create a dish for Ko restaurant with a portion of the proceeds benefitting future winners.

This year’s recipient, Lady-Lyn Dasmarinas, was selected by her culinary instructors for her hard work as a student and her dedication to the culinary program. She begins her apprenticeship next summer. Dasmarinas, a third-year culinary student, has met all of her college class requirements and her passion is in baking and pastry work.

You may support the program by dining at Ko and ordering the highlighted dish (currently it’s shrimp kare kare) created by last year’s recipient Tatiana Kaniaupio. It’s a shrimp stew, with housemade macadamia-nut butter, eggplant, baby bok choy, long beans and jasmine rice.

For reservations or more details, call 875-4100.