Andaz Maui at Wailea Heats Up with Top Chef Finale
Aloha from Maui where things are definitely heating up in the kitchen! That’s because Bravo’s hit culinary competition, Top Chef, will crown its season 11 champion in the Aloha State in a two-part finale airing tonight and next Wednesday, February 5.
We are honored that Top Chef chose the new Andaz Maui at Wailea as its official hotel partner for the finale. Its picturesque location proved to be ideal to host numerous challenges, and the hotel also played host to the finale episode of the Top Chef digital series “Last Chance Kitchen,” which incorporates scenic Laule’a into the episode, a lush oceanside lawn with Mökapu Beach and the sparkling blue Pacific in the background.Another location perfect for Top Chef was Andaz Maui’s Studio Kitchen, a space providing the warmth of a private home and perfect for interaction with the chefs. One of the final meals was prepared in Ka‘ana Kitchen, the resort’s signature restaurant, where local ingredients from island farmers are incorporated into seasonal menus that celebrate the best of Maui.
The chef’testants stayed in one of seven luxury villas, located just steps from Mökapu Beach. The residential-style villas come complete with gourmet kitchens and butler pantries, stylish living rooms and media rooms, as well as spa-like bathrooms with soaking tubs. Wrap-around länai (balconies) provide unobstructed ocean views, perfect for viewing Maui’s spectacular sunrises and sunsets.
Make sure to tune in to Bravo tonight to cheer on your favorite chef’testant – we promise it will leave you hungry and you may find yourself booking the next flight out to Maui!