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Sheraton Maui Unveils New Menu Items

Fire-Grilled Pepper Tiger Shrimp.
Located in the heart of Kaanapali, the Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa recently assembled a new culinary team and what better way to debut some new creations than with a little cook-off inspired by the chef’s favorite dishes.

Meet new Executive Chef Lyndon Honda, a man with more than 2-decades in the culinary industry. Honda most recently owned a private catering and consulting company, and prior to that worked at Pineapple Grill, Old Lahaina Luau and also serves on the Culinary Advisory Board for the Maui Culinary Academy. Executive Sous Chef Chris Lederer spent time working for Roy Yamaguchi at Roy’s Waikiki and Roy’s Hawaii Kai before calling Maui his new home. The chef with a high-end culinary background has about 10 years under his belt including honing his skills in Ireland before returning to the islands. Sous Chef Mitchell Cooper also has more than 2-decades of culinary experience on his list of accomplishments. The former chef from Ami Ami Bar & Grill also worked at 5 Palms Beach Restaurant along with time spent as Executive Chef in St. Thomas and Baltimore before calling Maui home.

(L to R) Executive Sous Chef Chris Lederer, Executive Chef Lyndon Honda and Sous Chef Mitch Cooper.

These highly experienced chefs with a diverse culinary background have designed nine new menu items for three of the hotel’s restaurants — here’s a quick taste!

Now at the Mai Tai Bar:

Lemon Macadamia Nut Hummus
Sesame Chicken Salad
Grilled Chicken Sandwich with Calamansi Rosemary Marmalade.

New at the Cliff Dive Grill:

Fire-Grilled Pepper Tiger Shrimp.
Quinoa Salad with Thai Basil Lime Vinaigrette.

My apologies there is a new Garlic Rosemary Pumpkin Hummus at the Cliff Dive Grill, I mistakenly thought there was only one new hummus, but there are two so I didn’t photograph that one, but it looked amazing and I can’t wait to try it.

Available at Black Rock Kitchen:

Duck Confit Bao Buns.
Korean-style Chicken Wings
Shrimp Corn “Tamale”

While these new menu items were being showcased for guests, media, friends, and family — the team decided to craft additional dishes inspired by comfort foods they ate growing up (these dishes are not available on the menu — yet). The overall crowd pleaser was Chef Lederer’s brisket.

Matcha Green Tea Okayu prepared by Executive Chef Lyndon Honda reminds him of a “modern take on what I ate as a child.”
Chef Chris Lederer crafted a Kiawe Smoked Pipikaula Brisket with Hush Puppy and Candied Jalapeño. “The brisket is a nod to my upbringing and heritage.”
Chef Mitch Cooper’s MI Takoyaki with Octopus, Cheese and Yukon Potato. “This dish was inspired by family dinners we had every night when I was growing up.”

Overall, the brisket was absolutely outstanding. The meat was smoked perfectly, moist, tender, juicy and delicious. The candied jalapeño added both heat and sweetness to the sublime decadence. This wasn’t a competition but if it was this dish would have emerged as the star.

In the end, the new menu items and chef trio have formed delicious additions to the already stellar menu. The cultural influences, diverse backgrounds and elevated palate of the team bring the flavors back to local roots with fresh and inviting ingredients. My favorite new item would have to be the Korean Fried Chicken Wings. The tender morsels of crispy chicken are lightly coated in a sweet-salty soy sauce and the texture along with the flavors are spot-on. As a local girl, I love it when local flavors are integrated into classic dishes and this hits the mark.

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Accommodations provided by Maui Coast Hotel.
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About Olena Heu

Olena is Executive Editor, Food & Lifestyle at MAUIWatch. The founder of Olena Heu Communications, a social media, digital marketing, consulting and freelance writing company, Olena holds a BA and MA in Communication and Speech from Hawaii Pacific University. An adjunct professor, lecturer and motivational speaker Olena is also an award winning journalist, writer, photographer and avid traveler.

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