Maui-resident Sheldon Simeon cooks his way to the Top Chef top 3

For the second time since competing in Top Chef Season 10 and now Top Chef Season 14 Maui-resident Sheldon Simeon has cooked his way to the top 3, finale and won the hearts of fans around the globe. Thursday night viewers were shocked to find the Hilo-native eliminated in Part 1 of the show’s finale. “It’s bittersweet, it was tough reliving it again for sure but I am not going to hang my head low. There are a lot of things I can be proud about this whole season, so I am stoked,” Simeon said.

The owner of Tin Roof in Kahului was one of 16 cheftestants (8 Top Chef alumnus and 8 newbies) competing for the official title of Top Chef season 14 in Charleston, South Carolina. One of the many things he can be proud of include the opportunity to cook at the Beard House, a prize he won during the competition. And also the chance to cook side-by-side with his loving wife and business partner Janice on the show. “She came at the perfect time and I really needed that, I loved hearing her voice,” he said.

But the excitement isn’t over for the chef who originally shined at Star Noodle, then opened Migrant at the Wailea Marriott. Simeon has his sights set on expanding and continuing to grow; we can expect to see another Tin Roof open its doors in Hawaii sometime in the future and a brand new restaurant expected in Wailea this year.

Sheldon Simeon (Photo BravoTV).
But the competition isn’t over yet, friends, family, and fans can still support Sheldon in his quest to once again claim the title of Fan Favorite along with $10,000. Visit or text “Sheldon” to 27286.

“Whatever happens, I seem to have a lot of support out there and I am just blessed that I was able to touch so many people,” he said.

When asked if he would return to Top Chef is they asked him to compete again, Simeon replied that he would prefer to come back as a Sous Chef or in another capacity but not as a cheftestant. He feels it’s time to let others shine and he has committed a lot of time and energy to the show which has also offered him many opportunities to travel and new experiences around the globe.

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About Olena Heu

Olena is Executive Editor, Food & Lifestyle at MAUIWatch. The founder of Olena Heu Communications, a social media, digital marketing, consulting and freelance writing company, Olena holds a BA and MA in Communication and Speech from Hawaii Pacific University. An adjunct professor, lecturer and motivational speaker Olena is also an award winning journalist, writer, photographer and avid traveler.

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