Chef Sheldon Simeon with Chef Julie Yoneyama & Chef Isaac Bancaco.
Chef Sheldon Simeon sharpened his skills as executive chef at Star Noodle and Leoda’s, and I’ll be forever grateful for his Vietnamese crepe and handheld corn pie. But he achieved fame nationwide with his stint on Bravo’s Top Chef Seattle competition, taking Season 10 by storm. Maui swelled with pride as Simeon showed how his creativity has been inspired by our local culture. Like many, we were devastated as he got kicked off the show just shy of the finale. Although Simeon has since moved on from Star Noodle and Leoda’s, and hasn’t resurfaced in a kitchen as of yet, he assures us that he’s working on some top secret projects. @jenrusso
Runner-up: Bev Gannon