Get to Know Chef Travis: His Culinary College Connection at UHMC

 

We’re big believers that learning never stops, in life and in business.  But in terms of culinary learning, there’s a program that holds a special place in the heart of one of our co-owners in particular.  Chef Travis Morrin was a student in the culinary program at University of Hawai‘i Maui College (UHMC) around nine years ago, but the experience had a lasting impression on him, thanks to the dedicated instructors, diverse curriculum and top-quality training.  This is how UHMC describes its program:

The ever-expanding culinary industries need a dedicated and skilled workforce. From fine dining to catered events and even the growing popularity of food trucks, UH Maui College’s Culinary Arts Program prepares students for the stimulating culinary field. Our graduates have attained positions at 5-star resorts and restaurants, opened independent businesses, and starred in top cooking shows.

“It was my first time to see the entire process done with food at this level,” Chef Travis remembers.  “I had been in restaurants, but I hadn’t seen all the prep that happens in the back of the house; I didn’t see all the finer aspects of the front of the house.”

Now, Chef Travis savors those details on a daily basis at Three’s Bar & Grill, Three’s Catering and Fork & Salad.  He also helps provide opportunities for the up-and-coming chefs from UHMC to gain credit hours and tangible experience by being part of their catering teams.  The standout students can even land jobs at the restaurants once they finish the culinary program.

As Chef Travis describes in our video, the restaurants support the school any way they can.  And one huge way is through Noble Chef, UHMC’s largest fundraiser, known as “a premier hospitality event celebrating culinary arts education on Maui.” Travis will be there as one of 12 featured chefs at The Fairmont Kea Lani in Wailea on Saturday, October 28.  So what’s on his menu?

Pan Seared Scallop Lobster Scented Coconut-Corn Chowder, Sweet Potato, Wasabi Peas
Shrimp, Spam and Shiitake Mushroom Siu Mai, Ikura, Miso Prawn Cream Ponzu

Come experience the delectable delights for yourself at the 21st annual Noble Chef, and give Maui’s top-notch culinary program the support it deserves!!

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