Greg Grohowski, Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa

Born and raised in the Midwest, Chef Greg worked as a culinarian through high school and college during which time he enrolled in Paragon Restaurants Corporation chef apprentice training program to perfect his international and continental Cuisine. He joined the Hyatt family in 1990, where he began … [Read more...]

Wesley Holder, Executive Sous Chef, Westin Ka`anapali Ocean Resort Villas

Executive Sous Chef Wes Holder continues to bring fame and accolades to the resort’s signature restaurant Pulehu, an Italian Grill with his culinary distinction and expertise in incorporating classic Italian cuisine with a local sustainability twist. Holder explains, “If you think about the history … [Read more...]

Ryan Luckey, Leilani’s on the Beach

Chef Ryan Luckey began his career in the culinary industry as a line cook 20 years ago at the Red Lobster on Front Street in Lahaina Town on the island of Maui, Hawai’i. From that first experience in the kitchen, he developed and grew at the old Kapalua Grill & Bar, Plantation House at Kapalua … [Read more...]

Joey Macadangdang, Roy Yamaguchi Restaurant

In 1983 Joey moved to Lahaina, Hawaii from the Philippines and has gained his culinary experience working concurrently in various kitchen position in Lahaina. Since Joining Roy’s Kahana Bar & Grill in 1992, Joey has quickly earned his place in the ever-growing enterprises of Yamaguchi … [Read more...]

Ikaika Manaku, Executive Sous Chef The Westin Maui Resort & Spa – Ka`anapali O `Aha`aina Chef Co-Chairperson

Born and raised in Kauai, Hawaii, Ikaika Manaku discovered his passion for cooking at the tender age of six when he began helping his Irish-Portuguese grandmother and cousins in making 30 pounds of malasadas for family and community gatherings. His interest grew when he began his first job at a … [Read more...]

Bobby Masters, Executive Chef, Hula Grill Maui

Executive Chef Bobby Masters and the Hula Grill, what more can you say.  Chef Bobby has presided over the Hula Grill dining room for the past 17 years, providing high level cuisine in a high volume environment, and pleasing the masses with his “Masterful” cuisine.  Born in Texas, Bobby was well on … [Read more...]

Scott McGill, TS Restaurants (Signature Food & Wine Festival Chef Chairperson)

Scott McGill is the Executive Chef for TS Restaurants. Scott has lived in Hawaii for 19 years working with TS Restaurants at multiple locations on Oahu, Kauai and Maui. Throughout his tenure at T S Restaurants, Scott McGill brings innovation to menu development while respecting the traditions and … [Read more...]

Francois Milliet, Executive Chef, Westin Ka’anapali Ocean Resort Villas

With over twenty years of culinary expertise, Executive Chef Francois Milliet has elevated the dining experience at the four-diamond resort in Maui. Milliet developed a taste for cooking by assisting his father, an accomplished chef himself, in his catering business in Switzerland. Upon … [Read more...]

Thomas Muromoto, Ka’anapali Beach Hotel – Ka`anapali O `Aha`aina Chef Co-Chairperson

Born and raised in Hawai‘i, Tom Muromoto, executive chef at Ka‘anapali Beach Hotel, has developed a unique perspective that has served him well throughout his career as an award-winning chef. Taking cues from the Islands’ unparalleled ethnic diversity, he combines his influence from Hawaiian … [Read more...]

Paris Nabavi, Chef & Owner, Sangrita Grill + Cantina

Chef Paris is active in the community and takes a special interest in educating young people about healthy eating and sustainable agriculture. As a sponsor of the Maui School Garden Network, he underwrites the purchase of organic seed for schools in Maui county. He also supports the Maui Food Bank … [Read more...]

Raymond Nicasio, Executive Sous Chef, Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa

Executive sous chef Raymond Nicasio brings a diversity of culinary talents and experiences to his role at Sheraton Maui Resort and Spa. Nicasio joined the Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa culinary team as executive sous chef in August 2013 bringing his devotion to utilizing locally sourced ingredients … [Read more...]

Bernardo Salazar, Royal Lahaina Resort

Chef Bernardo Salazar was born and raised in La Paz, Bolivia. According to Salazar, “Food is the one thing that has the ability to bring families and friends together and at Royal Lahaina Resort, our guests are our ohana, our family.” Bernardo’s rich international culinary background provides him … [Read more...]

Alex Stanislaw, Maui Fish & Pasta

  With a culinary career that spans more than three decades, Chef Alex Stanislaw has headed up the kitchens of several noteworthy Maui restaurants. Originally from upstate New York, Chef Alex graduated with honors from the Culinary Institute of America, and upon graduation, was recruited … [Read more...]

Gevin Utrillo, Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa

“Growing up in Hawaii has flavored my cooking style, which is influenced by the ethnicities found all over the Islands.  The Japengo menu is ‘Pacific-Rim” influenced, which means that we utilize the ‘big’ and ‘unique’ flavors reflective in the ethnic groups of Japan, Korea, China, Thailand, … [Read more...]