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4 Island Chefs to Watch

The Editors | July 26, 2019 | People


1. Krista Garcia
At Hawai‘i’s first and only Relais & Châteaux property, Garcia offers guests at Hotel Wailea the most intimate dining experiences, like a seven-course dinner in an enchanting mango grove treehouse. Formerly of three-Michelin-starred The French Laundry, Garcia brings expertise to bespoke culinary classes and private tasting menus, where she connects with patrons for unforgettable island bites. 555 Kaukahi St., Wailea, 879.2224, hotelwailea.‌com

2. Jojo Vasquez
Iron Chef alum Vasquez opens Fond Maui this summer, serving up pau hana ohana, as well as breakfast, brunch, dinner and Friday night Beats and Eats. One-pot soul cooking defines his new farm-to-fork venture, which offers a full-service dining experience for the whole family in Napili Plaza. 5095 Napilihau St., Lahaina, 661.5304


3. Yuya Yamanaka
There’s a hot new chef in town. Clown Bar Bistro alum, Yuya Yamanaka, brings a taste of the Left Bank to Waikiki with the aptly named PARIS. HAWAII. Here, Yamanaka oversees a seasonal seven-course tasting menu featuring local fare infused with a Parisian twist. 414 Seaside Ave., Ste. 2F, Waikiki, 212.9282


4. Sheldon Simeon
The Lineage chef gets his culinary chops from his father and much of his produce
from Oprah’s Maui farm. His Wailea hot spot is all about conscious eating, while dishes like Poi Mochi, Lauya and Smoke Meat honor humble local roots. 3750 Wailea Alanui Drive, Wailea, 879.8800


Photography by: garcia photo courtesy of hotel wailea; vasquez photo by Bryan Berkowitz; simeon photo by Marylane Studios; yamanaka photo by olivier koning