Podcast Episode 92: Top Chef's Sheldon Simeon on Where to Eat in Hawaii

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By Sheldon Simeon

In this episode of the Find Dining podcast, Top Chef finalist and fan favorite Sheldon Simeon of MiGrant and Mala Wailea tells us how to eat like a local in Maui. We discuss Hawaiian family celebrations, elevating ramen, and his rise from dishwasher to celebrity chef.

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1. Highlights

Chef Sheldon Simeon
Chef Sheldon Simeon
  • Chef Sheldon is a two-time James Beard Award semi-finalist

  • Sample a classic Hawaiian plate lunch at places like Aloha Mixed Plate

  • Taste how Star Noodle puts a gourmet twist on Sheldon's childhood breakfast

  • Maui restaurants often grow their own produce

  • MiGrant showcases produce from Kumu Farms

  • Be sure to try some kahlua pig or loco moco

  • While on hiatus from "Top Chef", Sheldon went underground at Vintage Cave in Honolulu

2. Food for Thought

  • Q: What is the name of the underground oven used to cook kahlua-style?
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3. Out of the Frying Pan

  • Traditional drink: Enjoy a mai tai by the beach

  • Favorite restaurant to visit when not working: Ka'ana Kitchen

  • Favorite food truck: Maui Fresh Streatery

  • Great foodie events: Hawai'i Food and Wine Festival in Aug-Sept

  • Behind the scenes of "Top Chef": the contestants are whisked around town like ninjas

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