Been thinking about this… Being named the Best Chef on Maui is a really big, mondo big deal! There are so many amazing chefs on the island that cook up some of the world’s best and most exotic dishes. And you, our humble readers, named Chef Marisa Samuels of the very humble Makena Grill (they also won Best Lunch!) as the island’s best chef. You readers think she’s better than Plantation House’s Alex Stanislaw. Better than Sansei’s D.K. Kodama. Better than Pacific‘O’s James McDonald. Better even than Pineapple Grill’s Joey Macadangdang. And you know what? We’re cool with that. Located at the entrance to Big Beach in Makena.
Runner-up: Jojo Vasquez. The Banyan Tree, 1 Ritz Carlton Dr., Kapalua, 665-7250 (closed for renovations). (LB)ner up: Kobe Japanese Steakhouse. 136 Dickenson St., Lahaina, 667-5555. (JA)