Chef Noelani Lei Planas, born and raised on Kaua‘i, recently took the leadership position at Kaua‘i Grill.
What I love about dining at St. Regis hotels is learning how flawlessly they marry long-standing traditions present in every St. Regis hotel with local character reflecting the people and places they serve.
For instance, Kaua‘i Grill, St. Regis Princeville Resort’s signature restaurant, is a Jean-Georges Vongerichten-inspired restaurant. In fact, almost all St. Regis hotels feature a restaurant inspired by the French celebrity chef.
But our St. Regis has Noelani Lei Planas as its managing chef — and we are lucky for it. Born and raised on Kaua‘i, she recently took the leadership position at Kaua‘i Grill, and has a unique connection to the island’s offerings for flavors.
Vongerichten is a master chef who blends traditional French cuisine with Asian flavors. Heavy sauces typically endemic to French food become vegetable broths and spicy oils. It’s full flavored cultural chemistry, and a painter’s pallet for food.
With Vongerichten’s menu as a starting point, Planas crafted a new menu at Kaua‘i Grill, adding her own flair.