The Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui presented the first annual Tylun Pang Aspiring Chef Scholarship to Maui Culinary Academy (MCA) student, Peamsook Park on Thursday, March 14. The scholarship was awarded at the academy’s First Year Graduation Celebration Ceremony at University of Hawaii, Maui College. As the selected recipient, Park will complete an 8-week paid work experience at The Fairmont Kea Lani that will include mentorship with resort chefs, orientation to hotel departments, kitchen experience at Kō restaurant and the chance to develop a dish that will be included on Kō’s menu. At the completion of the program, a $2500 cash scholarship will also be awarded. The work experience and cash award will total $5,000.
The Tylun Pang Aspiring Chef Scholarship is available to full-time students majoring in either culinary or pastry arts with a 3.0 grade point average or higher. Students are required to submit a scholarship application, as well as a resume and cover letter for consideration. To be selected, Park demonstrated personal, professional, and leadership growth through participation and contribution to MCA’s culinary and pastry arts programs. Her eagerness to gain a deeper understanding in the food & beverage sector of the hospitality industry also contributed to her selection.
“This 8-week work experience will provide Peamsook with industry experience and the chance to work alongside the culinary team at The Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui,” says Executive Chef Tylun Pang. “We have many graduates of Maui Culinary Academy working in our kitchen that are sure to be strong mentors in her development. She will be a wonderful addition to the team this summer.”
The Tylun Pang Aspiring Chef Scholarship was developed in honor of the hotel’s Executive Chef, Tylun Pang who is a member of Maui Culinary Academy’s advisory board and a long-term supporter of the program, both personally and professionally. The Fairmont Kea Lani and MCA have a strong, long-term partnership and collaborated closely on the details of the scholarship.