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Sheldon Simeon's Filipino Feast

Uku and ulu by Simeon. Daniel Lane photo

Rodman Machado (left) and celebrity chef, Sheldon Simeon. Daniel Lane photo

Rodman Machado (left) and celebrity chef, Sheldon Simeon. Daniel Lane photo


Rodman Machado teamed up with celebrity chef Sheldon Simeon for a 5-course dinner with cocktail and wine parings. Simeon, TV host, chef and owner of Tin Roof on Maui, is a Top Chef finalist who won Fan Favorite in Season 10; has two James Beard nominations; and two Food & Wine People’s Choice awards. Machado, a farm-to-table advocate, executive chef at the Kauai Beach Resort, and winner of the 2016 Tasting Kauai Coconut Cook-off, sources from more than 10 Hawaii producers. The chefs met when Machado was a teacher and Simeon was a student at the Culinary Institute of the Pacific and both embrace their Filipino heritage for this Celebrity Chef’s Feast at Naupaka Terrace.

Falling in Love With Food Before You’re Born

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Sandi Lessert is a self-proclaimed Disney Geek. Photo courtesy of Sandi Lessert.

“For me, food started at birth, and maybe before then,” Sandi Lessert said to me over the phone. “I guess it’s so much a part of our family, I kind of wonder how much of it’s in your DNA.”

I’ve been collecting our customers’ stories as they relate to food, life and travel. Sandi, who took all three Tasting Kauai food tours with her husband, Jay, and their close friend, Dave, said food is important when she travels because she has to eat, so she might as well eat well. She also said food has a way of connecting people, and it’s a great way to get to know local culture.