Maui Food and Dining

Maui’s Simeon Wins Best New Chef for Northwest & Pacific

April 2, 2014, 12:51 PM HST
* Updated April 4, 6:08 AM
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By Maui Now Staff

Chef Simeon learns he's won "Restaurant Wars" for his efforts. Photo courtesy Bravo TV.

Chef Simeon learns he’s won Top Chef’s “Restaurant Wars” for his efforts (2012/2013). File photo courtesy Bravo TV.

Maui chef Sheldon Simeon has been voted “People’s Best New Chef – Northwest and Pacific” by Food and Wine.

Food and Wine claimed to tally thousands of votes for the competition in the announcement on Wednesday, April 2.

Simeon beat out 9 other chefs in his category to take the award, although the top award of best chef for 2014 overall went to Carl Thorne-Thomsen of Kansas.

On a summarized “Why he/she is amazing” description provided to all the contenders, Food and Wine said: “Because he’s meshing his Hawaiian background with local produce and Asian techniques at this no-frills Filipino gastropub [MiGrant].”

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Simeon had previously been nominated for the same award by Food and Wine in 2012 and appeared as a finalist on the TV show Top Chef.

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