POIPU — Sheraton Kauai Resort announced the appointment of Michael Young to chef de cuisine. Young’s primary focus will be to oversee the kitchen at the resort’s signature restaurant and oceanfront hotspot, RumFire Poipu Beach, home to the Table 53 program.
Young has more than 25 years of experience from the front of the house to opening his own restaurant, Olives Cafe and Wine Bar, in Washington.
He holds an A.O.S. in culinary arts from the California Culinary Academy and also trained at Aqua San Francisco under the tutelage of Michelin Star-rated and two-time James Beard award-winning Chef Michael Mina.
Previously a chef at Merriman’s Fish House on Kauai, Young returns to the island following his most recent role as a chef at The Grand Wailea on Maui.
Young’s philosophy in the kitchen is to let the fresh ingredients he works with shine, and he has ignited inspiration to the RumFire menu through the incorporation of new, locally sourced items such as Niihau lamb and Makaweli beef to highlight the island’s bounty.
“Under Chef Michael’s direction, we’re looking forward to introducing renewed refinement to RumFire Poipu Beach’s menu,” said Roger Liang, executive chef of Sheraton Kauai. “His knowledge and skill will continue to elevate the culinary experience at RumFire for our guests.”