Kapalua Wine and Food Festival 2024


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Celebrity CHEFS

Chef Charlie Palmer

Celebrity Chef
Charlie Palmer

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Chef Bio

Influenced by his upstate New York childhood experience working in his family’s vegetable garden, Charlie Palmer was an early advocate of farm over factory food. In 1988, he made a landmark commitment to creating dishes featuring regional American ingredients at his sublime three-star Aureole, originally located in a historic townhouse on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, Aureole moved 20 years later to a theatre district location in the heart of Times Square at the Bank of America Tower at One Bryant Park, where it flourished for 12 years before shifting to a virtual model, Aureole at Home, in June 2020. During its 30 years as a brick-and-mortar restaurant, Aureole earned 13 Michelin stars and two James Beard awards.  

Other coast-to-coast locations encompass an expanding collection of award-winning restaurants and luxurious boutique hotels—many in equally significant historical locations and each designed with distinctive personalities to provide unique experiences. These properties include: Charlie Palmer Steak NYC, AperiBar at LUMA Hotel Times Square, Charlie Palmer at The Knick and St. Cloud Rooftop Bar at The Knickerbocker Hotel, Charlie Palmer Steak (Washington, DC), Charlie Palmer Steak (Reno, Nevada), Charlie Palmer Steak and Sky & Vine Rooftop Bar at Archer Hotel (Napa, California), and Dry Creek Kitchen at Hotel Healdsburg (Sonoma County in California).

Chef Maneet Chauhan

Celebrity Chef
Maneet Chauhan

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Maneet Chauhan is an award-winning chef, author, television personality and founding partner and president of Morph Hospitality Group in Nashville, Tennessee. She is a recipient of the 2012 James Beard Foundation Broadcast Media Award for her role as a permanent judge on Food Network’s “Chopped” and was honored with an Augie Award by The Culinary Institute of America in 2022. In addition to judging roles on Food Network, Maneet also competes at the highest level and won Guy Fieri’s Tournament of Champions II, where she was able to donate winnings of $40,000 to help different restaurants survive the COVID-19 pandemic.

Born in Punjab, India, chef Chauhan worked in some of the country’s finest hotels before moving to the U.S. to study at the Culinary Institute of America. She went on to work as executive chef in some of New York City and Chicago’s top restaurants, which received national acclaim under her leadership. After relocating to Nashville, Tennessee, Chauhan and her husband, Vivek Deora, co-founded Morph Hospitality Group, opening their first restaurant, Chauhan Ale & Masala House in 2014. With the goal of filling gaps in Nashville’s culinary landscape, the group opened Tansuo, a Chinese concept, and The Mockingbird, a global diner, in 2017. Chef Chauhan is also a co-founder of Hop Springs, home to the state’s largest craft brewery and a fun-filled 84-acre beer park located in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Maneet will be opening her latest restaurant eet by Maneet Chauhan at Disney Springs in fall 2023.
Chauhan is the author of two cookbooks, Flavors of My World and her most recent, Chaat: The Best Recipes from the Kitchens, Markets, and Railways of India, which was released in October 2020. Published by Clarkson Potter, the book was inspired by Maneet’s epic cross-country railroad expedition that brought her to local markets, street vendors and the homes of family & friends. Chaat was recognized as one of the most anticipated cookbooks in 2020 and appeared in the New York Times, Food & Wine, Travel + Leisure, Martha Stewart Living, Saveur, Food Network Magazine, and more. It also received the IACP Cookbook Award in October 2021.

A leader in the Nashville community, Chauhan has been honored as one of the Nashville Business Journal’s “40 under 40”, which highlights young, successful business leaders and was recognized in Nashville Lifestyles’ Women in Business, which showcases local women who are at the top of their respective industries.

When she’s not in the kitchen or traveling, chef Chauhan can be found at home in Franklin, Tennessee, with her husband, Vivek Deora, their daughter, Shagun, and their son, Karma.




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Chef Thomas Bellec

Appellation Hotels – Chief Culinary Director

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Chef Bellec comes to Appellation Hotels as their Chief Culinary Director- he has the responsibility to champion all things Food and Beverage related to ensure the highest possible quality of food service throughout the Appellation portfolio.

Previously Chef Bellec was the Executive Chef at Bricoleur Vineyards after a sensational 22-year career with Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts. An accomplished chef with a passion for developing and coaching teams, Chef Bellec has been at the forefront of creative culinary offerings at Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts in Hawaii (Maui and the Big Island), Beverly Hills, Toronto, Boston, and Uruguay.
He was raised in the coastal town of Concarneau in Brittany, France where cooking and hospitality run in his family. His Great-grandparents owned a prominent bakery, and his father was a professional fisherman, a passion that Chef Bellec embraces, too. He grew up fishing and foraging the coastline to cook with his family, and apprenticed at a Michelin-starred restaurant in Concarneau
In 2014, Chef Bellec was deeply honored to be named a Master Chef of France by Maîtres Cuisiniers de France, an organization that was established in 1951 to bring together chefs, farmers, and artisans who best support and promote French culinary art.

Most recently Chef Bellec was inducted to the Academie Culinaire de France – The Academie main vocation is to defend, improve, transmit the French Culinary Art in the world.

Grand tasting CHEFS

Saturday, June 8th | The Ritz-Carlton Maui, Kapalua

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RJ Domingo

University of Hawaii Maui College Culinary Arts Program

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Rj Domingo – Representing the University of Hawaii Maui College Culinary Arts Program working with current students and CTE Exploration students from various high schools on the island of Maui.

Born and raised local boy from Kahului, Maui. A graduate of Baldwin High School and attended UHMC Culinary Arts Program. Then pursued his passion for cooking all around maui. Starting in a small local general store kitchen, where everything was simple but made from scratch. Then continuing to cook under multiple Aipono and James beard award winning chefs around Maui. Currently working as Sous Chef at Marlow Restaurant, Kula. These experiences have created a unique style of cooking with a love of local flavors,and a crave for modern technique.

Micah Honma

Sansei Seafood Restaurant
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Erin Howard

Executive Pastry Chef
The Ritz-Carlton Maui, Kapalua

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Erin returned to The Ritz-Carlton Maui, Kapalua in 2023 from The Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel. Prior to the pandemic, she served as The Ritz-Carlton Maui’s Assistant Pastry Chef. She honed her craft at NYC’s famed Per Se under Thomas Keller and is a graduate of the prestigious Culinary Institute of America. She is passionate about fostering a team-oriented workplace and creating lifelong memories for guests.  

Jared KRAusen

The Plantation House

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Executive Chef Jared Krausen

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 After 25 years of living on Maui, Chef Jared Krausen has become a master of Island-Cuisine.

 Born and raised in Southern California, Krausen quickly made the hop over from the mainland to Maui in 1997 right after graduating from the University of Santa Cruz. He began his culinary career with the established T S Restaurant Group, working his way up from entry-level kitchen positions at Maui hot spots such as Kimo’s and Leilani’s.

 In 2002, Chef Jared was hired as a Lead Chef at the Ritz Carlton-Kapalua where he helped oversee all of the resort’s food outlets and took on a leadership role in the resort’s Banquet Kitchen executing high volume events. After 8 years at The Ritz, Chef Jared was appointed Sous Chef at Umalu Restaurant at the Hyatt Regency Maui. He led all aspects of the all-day dining locations, serving over 1,000 covers daily including in-room dining and poolside service.

 In 2015, Krausen became Senior Executive Sous Chef at the famous Royal Lahaina Resort in Maui. He oversaw the Royal Ocean Terrae Restaurant and additionally executed over 300 weddings, 100 banquets and 20+ off-site events annually. During the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020, Chef Jared assisted in reopening the resort’s culinary department and navigated challenges such as product shortages and lack of staff.

 Chef Jared was named Executive Chef of Kapalua’s renowned Plantation House Restaurant in February 2021. He currently oversees for all heart-of-house operations, including but not limited to creating seasonal menus, sourcing fresh local product and executing for weddings, corporate gatherings and golf events with on-site partner Troon Golf.

 There is no denying Chef Jared’s passion for being in the kitchen. He thrives on presenting the highest quality product, whether it be for an intimate date night for 2 or a 300 Guest wedding. In addition to sourcing the freshest ingredients for his dishes, Chef’s favorite aspect of being in the kitchen is being able to mentor his Heart-of-House Team. “I believe the only way to grow as a chef is to make a lot of mistakes and learn from them,” Krausen says. “Being in the kitchen is all about being thrown curveballs, you have to be ready for anything and use every experience as a way to improve your skills.”





Zach Laidlaw

Hua Momona Farms

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Zach Laidlaw, an internationally accomplished culinary mavin, was raised in the small town of Burlington, Illinois. He started in the industry as a dishwasher at the young age of 13. At age 16 he started cooking and quickly soon realized his passion and creativity would be endless in this profession. With a degree in both Culinary Arts & Hospitality Restaurant Management, Zach quickly stood out with his culinary talent taking him all around the world cooking and managing. From Chicago to South Beach Miami, followed by the British Virgin Islands, onto Australia and then here in Maui. Maui is where he landed the Chef de Cuisine position at Fleetwood’s on Front
St. for two years. In 2017 he helped start up Hua Momona Farms, in Kapalua from scratch with 2 other partners. January 2019, Zach took a step out of the busy kitchen life and to focus all his attention on the Farm. He wanted to further educate himself with local agriculture, understanding the why’s and how’s of growing and maintaining self-sustainability. Zach supports our local farmers, Fisherman, Ranchers and is helping Maui become more self-sustainable one step at a time. Currently, Chef Zach is Hua Momona Farms Executive Chef & Vice President of Experiences. He curates exquisite multi-course farm to table experiences ranging anywhere from
5-12 course tasting menus. Both a Chef & a Farmer, what a force to be recon with. Catch Chef Zach on Next Level Chef season 3 with Gordon Ramsey. Every Thursday at 7pm Hawaii Time on FOX or next day on HULU.
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Joey Macadangdang

Balai Pata

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Chef Joey Macadangdang, a celebrated culinary artisan on Maui, whose journey from the Philippines to the forefront of Hawaiian and Filipino cuisine encapsulates a remarkable tale of passion, perseverance, and dedication to community. Born into a farming family in the Philippines, Joey’s earliest lessons in the “seed to table” lifestyle laid the foundation for his culinary philosophy long before it became a movement. Mastering the art of cooking rice in a traditional clay pot amidst the daily rhythms of farm life ignited a lifelong passion for cooking that has since defined his career.

In the early 1980s, Joey and his family made the pivotal move to Hawaii. His culinary career began humbly at Erik’s Seafood Grotto, where he transitioned from a dishwasher to a cook, setting the stage for his future endeavors. His journey took him to Oregon, where he honed his skills as a chef at Kampai Restaurant under the guidance of the late Butch Ogawa, before returning to the Hawaiian Islands. Joey’s tenure with Roy Yamaguchi proved to be a formative period, culminating in his pivotal role in opening the esteemed Pineapple Grill in Kapalua for the Cohn Restaurant Group, and later, elevating Asian-infused Hawaiian cuisine as Roy’s corporate chef.

The culmination of years of dedication and experience led to the opening of Joey’s Kitchen, marking the beginning of his venture into restaurant ownership. Located in the Whaler’s Village Shopping Center’s food court in Kaanapali, and later expanding to Napili, Joey’s Kitchen became a beloved staple. Though his eponymous restaurant “Macadangdang” experienced a brief tenure before closing in the wake of the Lahaina fires, Joey’s resolve remain unshaken.

In October 2023, Chef Joey unveiled “Balai Pata” in Kahului, Maui, a culinary homage to his heritage and the enduring spirit of the community. “Balai Pata,” meaning ‘house of leg,’ serves as a beacon of Filipino culture, offering a menu that blends traditional Filipino dishes with the unique flavors of the islands. Signature offerings such as Crispy Pata, which gained acclaim on Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives, alongside Balai Sigang, Balai Pancit, and Sigig BP Style, invite diners to explore the depths of Filipino cuisine.

More than a restaurateur, Chef Joey has emerged as a community leader, particularly in the aftermath of the Lahaina fires. Through “Balai Pata,” he has provided employment opportunities to those affected, embodying the true essence of ‘ohana and community support. Join us in celebrating Chef Joey Macadangdang at this year’s Kapalua Food and Wine Festival, not only for his culinary prowess but for his unwavering commitment to the people of Maui. Maraming salamat (thank you very much) for supporting this cherished local business and its remarkable team.

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Wayne Medeiros

Duke’s Beach House

John Pali

Tommy Bahama Restaurant and Bar

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Chef John Pali has been with Tommy Bahama since 2014, and in 2021 became Executive Chef at the Wailea location. Chef Pali is born and raised on the island of Maui, graduated from Saint Anthony Highschool, and attended the Culinary Arts Program at MCC. He brings over 26 years of experience and has worked alongside some of the industry’s heavy hitters (Tylun Pang, Roy Yamaguchi, Peter Merriman) throughout his career. Early childhood memories of helping his father and uncles prepare local food for luaus fueled his passion for cooking. Working side by side with his culinary team and local vendors ensuring quality and freshness plays a key role in his success to becoming a leader in the industry.
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Justin Purpura

Cane & Canoe

Damian Rubio

Merriman’s Kapalua

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With almost two decades of culinary experience, Mexico native, Damian Rubio is described as having one of the most contagious attitudes in any kitchen. His food philosophy is to source the best local produce and stay true to it. One of our Vital Few at Merriman’s is to “Buy the Best Olive,” meaning to always invest in the best and let the flavors shine.
Chef Rubio is passionate about cooking and people. This dedicated self-taught culinarian worked his way up from a prep cook all the way to Executive Chef in only 16 years.

Chef Rubio was invited by his only sister to move to Maui 17 years ago and jumped at the chance. He brought his family who he says inspires him every day to be the best. Maui, much like his home in Tepic, Mexico, also farmed sugar cane and various tropical crops which made him feel right at home.

Starting as a prep cook in 2007 at Pineapple Grill, he caught on fast with an exceptional eye for detail. Hired on at Merriman’s in 2010 his personality and passion shined bright in the kitchen as he mastered every station. Given the opportunity to work under several well-seasoned chefs provided him hands-on education and training. Chef Rubio is most honored to have trained under Merriman’s Corporate Chef, Neil Murphy, for a decade, who he says was his #1 mentor. Chef Rubio continued to advance at Merriman’s landing the position as Chef De Cuisine for 6 years until he beat out several applicants for Executive Chef of Merriman’s Kapalua, Maui in 2021.

His stellar attitude and leadership skills have created a great team who work well together as a family with genuine love and pride in what they do. “I love to share what I’ve learned with others and working with such a professional team with high quality standards is really a blessing!”

Chef Rubio genuinely feels lucky to live Maui enjoying his time off with family and embracing the Hawaiian culture. He truly loves the island’s energy. 

Maribel Rumbaoa

Maribel Rumbaoa

Honolua Store

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For this Food Festival, I wanted to feature my culture and the food that I grew up to love. Filipino dishes have evolved in the past years, and so I wanted to create my favorite dishes with a slight twist. Working with ABC Stores and in the Honolua Store, I’m very fortunate to be able to be creative in what we serve our customers and even more grateful that many visitors come to enjoy our Philippines cuisine.

Alvin Savella

Alvin Savella

Duckine and Māla Ocean Tavern

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Internationally celebrated culinary maestro Alvin Savella, affectionately known as “The Kitchen Assassin,” commands the kitchens of Duckine and assumes the helm as the acting head chef at Māla Ocean Tavern, both located on Front Street in Lahaina on Maui. A culinary virtuoso, Chef Savella weaves an intricate tapestry of flavors that captivate the palates of locals and visitors alike. Born and raised Lahaina, Chef Savella’s culinary journey took flight after completing his education, leading him to a decade-long odyssey in the culinary mecca of Los Angeles, California. There, he sharpened his skills under the guidance of a diverse array of culinary luminaries. In 2012, drawn back to his roots, Savella returned to Maui, where he graced the kitchens of the prestigious Ritz Carlton in Kapalua before ascending to the esteemed position of Chef de Cuisine at Humuhumunukunukuapua’a at the Grand Wailea. The year 2020 marked a pivotal chapter as Chef Alvin Savella assumed the role of executive chef at Māla Ocean Tavern, seizing the opportunity to collaborate with the Māla owners and carve his unique culinary path. This culinary virtuoso’s journey culminated in the grand unveiling of Duckine in October 2022, an epicurean haven where Chef Savella’s signature style takes center stage. Fusing the essence of his Hawaiian upbringing with the diverse influences gathered during his travels, “The Kitchen Assassin” consistently pushes culinary boundaries, delighting discerning diners with an innovative and elevated local Asian fusion cuisine that stimulates the senses and redefines gastronomic expectations. Embark on a culinary adventure with Chef Alvin Savella, where each dish tells a story of his life, his island, and the global flavors that dance on his plates.

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RoGER Stettler


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Roger Stettler, Executive Chef/Partner at Taverna Maui Since assuming the role of Executive Chef at Taverna Maui seven years ago, Chef Roger Stettler has left an indelible mark on the culinary landscape of this esteemed Italian restaurant in Kapalua. His illustrious career, spanning over a decade at the Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea, is a testament to his prowess in managing upscale dining establishments, a skill that is evident in every facet of the dining experience at Taverna. Under his guidance, Taverna Maui has blossomed into a culinary haven that harmonizes traditional Italian fare with the serene essence of Aloha, a fusion that has endeared it to both locals and tourists. Chef Stettler’s dedication to perfection is palpable in his culinary creations— showcasing handcrafted pastas and wood-fired pizzas—each dish a testament to his Italian heritage and his commitment to using fresh, locally-sourced ingredients. Taverna’s inviting, open-air setting, combined with Roger’s innovative culinary skills, ensures that every meal is not just a dish but a narrative of Italian tradition and local Maui flavors. Career Highlights: • Executive Chef at Taverna Maui (Since 2016): Spearheading culinary operations and bringing a touch of Italian authenticity to Maui’s dining scene. • Executive Chef at Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea (2004-2015): Managed highprofile dining outlets and led innovative menu developments. • Previous roles include: Co-owner of Cow Pig Bun, Executive Chef positions at prestigious hotels, including Ritz Carlton St. Thomas, Conrad International Centennial Singapore, and Arnoma Swissotel Bangkok. Accolades: • Certified Master Chefs Degree from the Swiss Government, 2004. • Voted Maui Aipono’s Chef of the Year, 2012 Chef Roger Stettler’s enduring passion for culinary arts and his innovative approach at Taverna Maui invite diners to enjoy exceptional Italian cuisine infused with Hawaii’s unique tastes and hospitality.

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George Vanyi

Executive Chef
The Ritz-Carlton Maui, Kapalua

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George Vanyi
Executive Chef
The Ritz-Carlton Maui, Kapalua

Born and raised in Toronto, Chef George has many years of experience in first-class establishments. He is a dedicated culinary professional with extensive experience and is known for producing top-quality, creative delicacies. Chef George has always been enlightened with how different backgrounds can complement one another. He has knowledge and experience in a variety of cuisines from both East and West Toronto, Macau, Thailand to China.

Chef George assisted in the pre-opening of both The Ritz-Carlton Hotel and JW Marriott Macau. During this time, he demonstrated strong management skills, experience and leadership in the pre-opening of these large dual-brand properties.

By the end of 2016, Chef George joined The Ritz-Carlton Beijing, Financial Street as the Executive Sous Chef. Infusing the advantage of his bold knowledge in assorted cuisines into his formal classical training, Chef George provided the guests with creative delicacies and memorable experiences.

In 2018, Chef George was promoted to Executive Chef. Dedicated to the development of The Ritz-Carlton, Chef George is committed to sourcing vibrant local ingredients, and weaving influences from around the world into creative delicacies that celebrate the diverse cultures.

He relocated to Maui in 2022 to join the Ladies and Gentlemen at The Ritz-Carlton Maui, Kapalua, and resides with his wife in Lahaina, Maui.


Fiji Water
Kohola Brewery
Chef Thomas


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Known most recently for his remarkable journey on NBC’s The Voice Season 24, Arcilla is a Maui-based musician, singer-songwriter, and producer. Infusing R&B with reggae and island surf rock influences, Arcilla has coined his unique sound as “reggae and blues.”

Fresh from the Maui Songwriters Festival, he will bring his captivating musical talent to delight audiences once again at The Ritz-Carlton Maui, Kapalua. Guests can expect to hear music from his new album, with fresh, original tracks that showcase his evolving style in an unforgettable evening.