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2020 Celebrity Chefs & Special Guests

Kapalua Wine and Food Festival

Jessie Anacleto

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Jessie Anacleto was born and raised on the island of Kauai. He grew up experiencing the different flavors of the many different ethnicities and cultures that make Hawaii unique. He found his calling a …

Lee Anderson

Lee Anderson

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Lee Anderson is the Executive chef and owner of Sugar Beach Events on Maui, Hawaii, an internationally recognized ocean front catering venue. She graduated magna cum laude from Florida Gulf Coast Univ …

Jacob Arakawa

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Robert Barrera

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Robert Barrera leads the culinary team of Cane & Canoe, the resort’s signature restaurant, as the Chef de Cuisine. Robert brings a wealth of food and beverage experience to the resort with over 15 …

Haley Bittermann

Haley Bittermann

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A 1990 graduate of the Culinary Arts Academy of Cincinnati, an affiliate of the Culinary Institute of America, Haley first crossed paths with Ralph Brennan during a pre-graduation externship at Ralph …

Zachary Coltes

Zachary Coltes

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Chef Zach Coltes brings a sincere passion to his role as sous chef at Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa. With more than nine years’ experience cooking a diverse range of cuisines, the Seattle, Washington …

Heidi Cramer

Heidi Cramer

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Kapalua Wine and Food Festival

Chris Damskey

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Christopher Damskey is the resort Executive Chef of Montage Kapalua Bay. Chris will be responsible for the culinary footprint of the hotel including oversight of all restaurant outlets, banquets, in-r …

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Decio DeCosta

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Mark Ellman

Mark Ellman

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Mark Ellman Chef Owner his wife Judy Ellman have lived on Maui for 34 years where we have raised a family of three daughters,  Tina,  Ariana and Michelle. Also they have raised a family of restaurants …

James Furnish

James Furnish

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Chef James Furnish’s culinary passion began as soon as he was able to drag a chair to the kitchen counter and help his mother prepare nutritious home cooked meals. Born in the small fishing town of As …

Giovanni Gadiano

Giovanni Gadiano

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Giovanni Gadiano, Plantation House Executive Chef A former Mess Specialist in the United States Navy, Chef Giovanni Gadiano’s versatile experience has prepared him for a thriving culinary career. His …

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Michael Garaghty

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Originally from Warwick, Rhode Island, Chef Mike moved to the Minneapolis area where he began his career on the ground floor, working as a line cook. It was there that he discovered this was more than …

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Greg Harrison

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Brant Holland

Brant Holland

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Brant Holland is a Chef Instructor at The University of Hawaii Maui College Culinary Arts Program. His Purchasing and Cost Controls class executes all the weekly purchasing and receiving for the Culin …

Kapalua Wine and Food Festival

Jin Hosono

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Born and raised in Kokkaido, Asahikawa City in Japan, Chef Jin came to the United States when he was 17 years old as a high school student on his own accord.  He graduated from Laguna Beach High Schoo …

Meili and Jules

Meili Jahja and Jules Rodriguez

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JessicaKapoor

Jessica Kapoor

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Yoshi Kizu

Yoshi Kizu

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Yoshikazu “Yoshi” Kizu has been Executive Pastry Chef at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua since 2015 joining the hotel from The Ritz-Carlton, Orlando Grande Lakes, in Orlando FL. Prior to his tenure within T …

Brandon LaClair

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Brandon attended culinary school in Rhode Island at Johnson & Whales Culinary Academy. After graduation, Brandon continued his career in Chicago with Rosebud Italian Restaurants, Harry Carey’s Ste …

Kapalua Wine and Food Festival

Jason LaMotte

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Amherst NY native, New Orleans-reared Chef Jason LaMotte has lived between Oahu and Maui now on and off for the better part of the last six years. Having graduated from Paul Smith College for the Culi …

Cameron Lewark

Cameron Lewark

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Cameron Lewark, owner/chef, started his career in the culinary world when he was 19 years old for Wolfgang Puck Fine Dining Group. Cameron spent several years at Spago, Beverly Hills and in 2001, he o …

Kapalua Wine and Food Festival

Mike Lofaro

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Mike Lofaro is chef de cuisine of the prized Humuhumunukunukuapua`a at Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort and carries the titles of Hottest Chef on Maui, 2016 Chef of the Year, Most Innovative Men …

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Joey Macadangdang

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Joey Macadangdang born in the Philippines grew up working on the family Farm Piggery, Poultry, and Rice business. At a very young age, not only did he learn to harvest, he learned how to cook rice, wh …

Meredith Manee

Meredith Manee

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Prior to joining The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua, Executive Sous Chef, Meredith Manee, served as Chef de Cuisine at California’s iconic Hotel del Coronado and held several notable culinary positions within …

Elizabeth McDonald

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Rick Moonen

Rick Moonen

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Rick Moonen is an American seafood chef and an early adopter of sustainable fishing practices. He is known as the “Godfather of Sustainability”. Moonen graduated first in his class from the Culinary I …

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Craig Omori

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Craig Omori was born in Alaska, spent time in California and New Mexico, then moved to Honolulu at the age of 7. He was raised and attended school in the Kaimuki area (1991 Kaimuki H.S. graduate). In …

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Charlie Owen

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Leading the culinary team at Hula Grill Ka’anapali is Executive Chef Charlie Owen.  Originally from Kentucky, Charlie discovered his love of Hawaiian food and culture when he first moved to Maui in 20 …

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Bret Scott Pafford

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Bret Scott Pafford is the executive chef of Bev Gannon Restaurants/Gannon’s in Wailea, Maui, where he has created a diverse menu celebrating the fresh local products sourced from Hawaii’s best farmers …

Taylor Ponte

Taylor Ponte

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Starting his Mill House journey as Executive Sous Chef Taylor grew into the role of Chef de Cuisine and now Executive Chef. Chef Ponte, a graduate of Maui Culinary Academy, worked alongside Chef Alan …

Eric Purugganan

Eric Purugganan

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Executive Chef Eric Purugganan Born and raised in Kenai, Alaska, Eric Purugganan’s passion for creating distinctive dishes began at an early age. Growing up he helped out with his family’s catering bu …

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Maribel Rumbaoa

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Maribel Rumbaoa, Deli Manager over in Honolua Store, is a very talented chef who pays a lot of attention to presentation, execution, and most of all, her customers here at Honolua. Her energetic perso …

Slade Rushing

Slade Rushing

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Destiny and Desire Executive Chef Slade Rushing, the NEW Toque at Brennan’s, New Orleans, has had a lifetime of culinary lessons, but the heart of his cooking is carrying-on the traditions   Slade Rus …

Adam Rzeczkowski

Adam Rzeczkowski

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With over twenty years of culinary experience, Pittsburgh, PA native Adam Rzeczkowski is described as having an intense, lifelong passion for food. His food philosophy is ingredient forward. “If you u …

Alvin Savella

Alvin Savella

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Born and raised on the island of Maui with a decade and a half of culinary experience, Savella brings his culture and passion for food to Grand Wailea team. At a young age he was exposed to the art of …

Aarón Sánchez

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Aarón Sánchez is an award-winning chef, TV personality, author and philanthropist. He is chef/owner of Johnny Sánchezin New Orleans, and a judge on FOX’s hit culinary competition series MasterChef …

Aaron Siguenza

Aaron Siguenza

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Corporate Chef Tamura’s Kitchen & Catering Chef Aaron Siguenza started out as a relief managing chef for Spence Cliff Restaurants in the 1970’s before starting his own business in the 1980’s calle …

Sheldon Simeon

Sheldon Simeon

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Chef Sheldon Simeon Born in Hilo, on the Big Island, Sheldon acquired his love for cooking from his parents. His path led from Hilo High to the Culinary Institute of the Pacific, onto an internship at …

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Kenneth Sniffen

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Being born and raised on Maui, I went to Maui Community College and graduated with an Associate Degree in Culinary Arts. After graduation, I completed the American Culinary Federation Apprentice progr …

Kapalua Wine and Food Festival

Roger Stettler

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In his work and travels around the world, Chef Roger Stettler has excelled in many types of cuisine, from Korean to Caribbean. But to create the menu for Taverna Italian Eatery, he’s thrilled to retur …

Stephen Stryjewski

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Chef/Partner, Link Restaurant Group Cochon, Cochon Butcher, Calcasieu, Pêche Seafood Grill, and La Boulangerie Winner of the 2011 James Beard Foundation “Best Chef South,” Stephen Stryjewski is Chef/P …

Kapalua Wine and Food Festival

Mark Tarbell

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Mark studied in Paris at the l’Academie du Vin and earned a Grande Diplôme d’Etude Culinaire from Ecole du Cuisine La Varenne.  After stagieres at Michelin one-star Michel Pasquet and Willy’s Wine Bar …

Bella Toland

Bella Toland

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Isabelle “Bella” Toland recently joined The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua from Travaasa Hana, where she directed the resort’s food and beverage efforts as Executive Chef since November 2016. Prior to that, To …

Jojo Vasquez

Jojo Vasquez

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Chef Jojo Vasquez cooks with reverence to culture, seasons and locality. His beautifully composed cuisine sings with keen flavors, simplicity and balance, and serves as a profound reflection of his di …

Jacob Woolf

Jacob Woolf

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2020 Featured Grand Tasting Chefs

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2020 Featured Seafood Festival Chefs

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