Meet the Chef: Garret Fujieda, Executive Chef, The Westin Maui Resort and Spa

Chef Garret Fujieda, Executive Chef, The Westin Maui Resort and Spa

Chef Garret Fujieda, Executive Chef, The Westin Maui Resort and Spa

“I was taught to respect food, protect, conserve and not be wasteful. In Hawaii, we Mālama and buy local as well as promote sustainable efforts because this is how it should be”– Garret Fujieda, Executive Chef, The Westin Maui Resort and Spa.

Garret’s culinary passion led to his success as a master chef with travels that took him far and wide and helped him hone his skills in America’s top kitchens. Desiring to return home to Hawaii, Garret joined The Westin Maui Resort & Spa as executive chef in June 2010. Drawing from his past influences including his AAA five-diamond experience at St. Regis Houston, Garret has infused his culinary excellence in every aspect within the oceanfront resort. From introducing the “Hawaiian Ahupua’a” sustainable menu at the signature Tropica Restaurant & Bar on Ka’anapali Beachwalk to presenting artful cuisine with distinctive flavors in elaborate banquets and receptions, his masterful skills are truly extraordinary.

A graduate of the Culinary Institute of American in Hyde Park, NY, Garret completed the prestigious Greenbrier Apprenticeship program in White Sulphur Springs, WV. This propelled him into the culinary world with career opportunities in superb restaurants and resorts such as the Gotham Bar and Grill in NYC recognized with the notable James Beard award, Sheraton Waikiki Resort and The Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa in Hollywood, FL.

Garret’s accomplishments have led to his participation in numerous high profile culinary events as well as broadcast appearances on cooking shows. His active involvement within the community includes the Recipe for Success program that promotes healthy eating habits amongst children. Crediting his mother for his rise to success, Garret’s affinity for cooking spurs him to continually explore and experiment new and sustainable resources and promote healthy-style dining for well-balanced nourishment.

Situated on the spectacular Ka‘anapali Beach, The Westin Maui Resort & Spa invites you to a renewing tropical vacation amidst natural elegance. From splashing fun within the magnificent aquatic playground showcasing five pools to watersports, exciting activities, spa relaxation at Heavenly Spa by Westin, golfing and shopping venues, it is the perfect getaway for couples, adventure seekers and families. Enjoy world-class dining experience with resort executive chef Garret Fujieda who has infused his culinary excellence with a sustainable twist, delighting guests with menu selections featuring locally-grown flavors such as “Hawaiian Ahupua’a” at the oceanfront Tropica Restaurant & Bar.