Executive Chef Greg Gaspar, Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa, Maui
Executive Chef Greg Gaspar specializes in creating contemporary American cuisine with Pacific Rim influences. His dishes combine the freshest island ingredients with the cooking styles of Northern Italy and France. He adds his personal flair by blending traditional Filipino and Asian cooking styles and spices inspired by his mother's culinary talents, with colorful California presentations and flavors from his San Francisco upbringing.
Chef Gaspar leads the distinguished dining program at the resort that includes two signature restaurants, Teppan-yaki Dan and Black Rock Steak and Seafood, as well as two poolside restaurants and bars - the Cliff Dive Grill and the Mai Tai Bar. Chef Gaspar is also responsible for catering and banquet operations and the creation of specialized menus for large groups.Chef Gaspar was chosen by the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau as one of several celebrity chefs to promote Hawaii as a Culinary Destination. Chef Gaspar has demonstrated his skills in restaurants across the nation and has cooked for local and national television audiences including the CBS Morning Show, NBC Los Angles, FOX Atlanta and many more. Chef Gaspar joined the Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa's culinary team in November of 2010.
Sous Chef Leslie Barayuga, Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa, Maui
Born in the Philippines and raised on Maui, Chef Leslie Barayuga, grew up appreciating the freshness and uniqueness of local Hawaiian cuisine. He began cooking when he was in high school, inspired by his mother's Filipino style. Today, Chef Barayuga blends local Hawaiian, Pacific Rim, and Filipino techniques to create distinct dishes. He enjoys sharing his passion for blending culinary delights to create beautiful dishes pleasing to the eyes and palates. Barayuga believes food should be a full sensory experience.
Chef Barayuga works with Executive Chef Greg Gaspar to oversee the culinary operations at Sheraton Maui Resort and Spa's multiple dining establishments.
Prior to joining the Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa's ‘Ohana, Sous Chef Barayuga worked at several restaurants on Maui including Hyatt Regency's Japengo, Makena Beach & Golf Resort, Stillwell's Bakery & Cafe, King Kamehameha Golf Club, and Maui Ocean Center.