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Sheraton Kauai Resort is proud to announce the appointment of Michael Young to Chef de Cuisine. In his position, Chef 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.

A seasoned culinary professional, Chef Young has over 25 years of experience from the front of the house to opening his own restaurant, Olives Café & 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 Kaua‘i, Chef Young returns to the island following his most recent role as Restaurant Chef at The Grand Wailea on Maui.

Chef 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 Ni‘ihau 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,” says Roger Liang, Executive Chef of Sheraton Kauai. “His knowledge and skill will continue to elevate the culinary experience at RumFire for our guests.”

About Sheraton Kauai Resort

Nestled into 20 acres on Kaua‘i’s famed Po‘ipū Beach, Sheraton Kauai Resort reigns as the south shore’s oceanfront playground, transforming the guest experience into an unforgettable visit. 394 rooms – including 11 spacious suites – reveal vistas of the crystal blue Pacific Ocean and tropical gardens of Hawaiian flora. The resort’s premier location is complemented by a $16-million revitalization of the property completed April 2012, including social gathering areas, a swimming pool, RumFire Poipu Beach restaurant and Lava’s at Poipu Beach. Sheraton Kauai offers adventure, romance and relaxation all in one place, satisfying every travel personality and providing the ultimate vacation experience. The resort is also well equipped to partner on groups with a variety of oceanfront meetings and event space. For more information about Sheraton Kauai Resort, please call (808) 742-1661 or visitwww.sheraton-kauai.com.

About Starwood Hotels & Resorts Hawaii
With 11 properties across the diverse Hawaiian Islands of Oahu, Maui, Kauai and the Big Island, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Hawaii offers the best hotel destinations to celebrate romance, reconnect with family, focus on business or launch an adventure. Located on or just footsteps away from the Islands’ best beaches, Starwood Hotels & Resorts in Hawaii is a collection of iconic and historic hotels and resorts – properties with expansive and breathtaking backdrops, innovative guest programming and luxurious amenities representing internationally renowned hotel brands from Sheraton, Westin, Luxury Collection and St. Regis. For more information about Starwood Hotels & Resorts in Hawaii, please call (866) 716-8140 or visitstarwoodhawaii.com.


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