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Lineage Listed as One of the Top 50 Hottest Restaurants in 2020

October 29, 2019 – Big 7 Travel

The menu at Lineage is representative of the feeling of dining at home alongside extended family. Here, expect to feast on family-style dishes typical of a Hawaiian luau. And, expect to indulge in some of the richest, well-balanced flavours on the island and beyond.

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Baby Luau: Lineage Celebrates One Year Anniversary

October 20, 2019

Chef Sheldon and the Lineage ‘ohana gathered on Sunday, October 20 to celebrate the restaurant’s one year anniversary.

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Meet Three Filipino Americans Who Are Revolutionizing How You Live Today

October 1, 2019 –

Hear from a chef, a textile designer, and a creative curator who have caught our eye with their unique contributions to food, fashion, and home style.

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Perpetuating the family Lineage

September 14, 2019 – Maui Watch

Fan favorite and homegrown Hawaii Chef Sheldon Simeon has had international, national and local acclaim. After letting the hype sink in, Lineage in Wailea opened its doors about a year ago. Here’s a look at the menu that pays homage to local flavors, Hawaii comfort foods and firm Filipino cultural influences that have taken new American culinary cuisine to the next level.

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What 14 of the Country’s Top Chefs *Really* Feed their Kids

September 17, 2019 –

Chef Sheldon shares what the menu is like at home for his four kids. “I would describe most of my kids as good eaters, with my oldest being the most adventurous. They have the courage to try everything at least once to decide if they like it or not.”

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Lineage Listed of Bon Appetit’s 2019 Top 50

September 10, 2019 – Bon Appetit
Lineage is proud to be considered one of Bon Appetit’s Top 50 best new restaurants in 2019. Check back on September 17 to find out who makes it to the final Top 10.

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Halo Halo: Hawaiian Feast with Chef Sheldon Simeon

September 5, 2019 – Eater
Halo Halo is back! And on this episode, host Francesca Manto and chef Sheldon Simeon discuss how Filipino immigrants influenced the sugar cane industry and cuisines of Hawai’i, specifically Maui. Chef Simeon and Francesca also cook recipes that celebrate his Ilocano roots at his restaurant, Lineage.

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Hale ‘Aina Happenings: Here’s What’s New with Hawaii Restaurants in August 2019

August 26, 2019 – Honolulu Magazine
If you needed another reason to visit Sheldon Simeon’s acclaimed restaurant (and our readers pick for Best New Restaurant of 2019) how about half off dishes? Starting Sept. 1, you can get eight items for 50% off. But get there on time and order quickly—the deals are only offered 4-5 p.m.

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New Hours, Happy Hour & Pop-up Event at Lineage – Starting September 1st

August 7, 2019 – Maui Now
Lineage has released its happy hour menu, with 50% off select items and specials on select beverages between 4 and 5 p.m., starting Sunday, Sept. 1, 2019.

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“Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted” episode with Sheldon Simeon

August 11, 2019 – National Geographic
Gordon Ramsay travels to the Island of Maui to discover the secrets of Hawaiian cuisine.
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Gordon Ramsay Makes SPAM Scrambled Eggs in Hawaii with Maui’s own Sheldon Simeon!
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Lineage Wins Best New Restaurant on MauiTime’s Best of Maui 2019

July 31, 2019 – MauiTime
Lineage brought home 3 titles this year on MauiTime’s Best of Maui 2019: “Best New Bar”, “Best New Restaurant”, and Sheldon as “Best Chef.”
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Chef Sheldon to be Featured in Gordon Ramsey’s new National Geographic series

July 2019 – National Geographic
One chef, six delicious destinations: Travel tips from the culinary adventurer’s new National Geographic series. Chef Sheldon makes an appearance in episode 4 as one of Ramsey’s Chefs to Watch.

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July “Tips From Tats” – Chef Sheldon Simeon’s Poke Recipe

July means summer parties and BBQ’s are in full swing. For this month’s Tip From Tats we have a special treat to impress your guests at any summer gathering – a Cold Ginger Ahi Poke Recipe from local celebrity Chef Sheldon Simeon.

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Lineage Available via Delivery

Lineage is proud to announce that delivery is now available via 808 Pickups. For more information, visit or find it via the app on Google or Apple App Marketplace .

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Sofia Vergara, Joe Manganiello and Paul Rudd at Lineage

June 2019 –
Along with their families, the three stars enjoyed a meal together at Top Chef-alum Sheldon Simeon’s Hawaiian and Filipino-inspired restaurant inside The Shops at Wailea. The group is in Hawaii for the Maui Film Festival, where Rudd and Manganiello are both being honored with awards.

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Pick Your Poison: Where to Drink On Maui

June 2019 – Maui Craft Tours
The brainchild of award-winning Chef Sheldon Simeon, originally from the Big Island, Lineage has a knack for creative Hawaiian fare as well as tea, sake and handcrafted cocktails like the radical Gimme da Chicken Skin with Prairie Cucumber Vodka, Broker’s Gin, Carpano Bianco, false lime, false ‘awa, shoyu and habanero shrub, served with crispy chicken skin for emphasis.

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Sheldon Simeon – The Family Chef

June 2019 – Southwest Magazine
When Sheldon Simeon opened Lineage, his first full-service restaurant, in the fall of 2018, it didn’t take long for the Wailea spot to start earning accolades. But while the best-of lists and James Beard Award nominations are welcome, the former Top Chef contestant puts more stock in a different group of critics.

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Turkey Tails Are The Most Delicious Thing You Didn’t Even Know You Could Eat

May 2, 2019 –
At Sheldon Simeon’s Maui restaurant Lineage, the least familiar dish is the tastiest one.

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7 Reasons to get back to Wailea, Maui

April 26, 2019 – Calgary Herald
One local food champion is Chef Sheldon Simeon, who charmed foodies with his stints on Top Chef. His latest restaurant is just as modest. LINEAGE, situated at The Shops at Wailea, pays homage to both Simeon’s Filipino roots and to the different ethnicities that make up Hawaiian cuisine today.

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Lineage Ranked as One of the Hottest New Restaurants Opened in 2019

April 2019 – Venue Report
Hawaiian home-cooking makes up the menus at Lineage, where local chef Sheldon Simeon dishes up fuss-free, perfectly imperfect plates of garlicky fried noodles, poke bowls, ginger chicken and more. Lineage provides tourists a glimpse into authentic fare while giving locals a modern spin on the food they likely grew up eating.

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The Grub Hunter – Pebble Beach Food & Wine Offers Something for All Tastes

April 2019 – Santa Cruz Sentinel
PBFW has always drawn from reality TV, and this year invites “Top Chef” alums John Tesar, Sheldon Simeon, Brian Malarkey and Richard Blais. And it wouldn’t be PBFW without an Iron Chef, with Masaharu Morimoto making a return with his “Gone Fishin’ ” cooking demo and power lunch.

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Stone’s Throw: Wailea Chefs Bridge Cculinary Gap from Maui to California Coastline

April 2019 – The Maui News
Joining legends such as Jeremiah Tower, dubbed “the last magnificent,”Masaharu Morimoto, Dean Fearing and many more will be the chefs from Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort, Sheldon Simeon of Lineage at The Shops at Wailea and Roy Yamaguchi of Humble Market Kitchin in Wailea.

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Must-Try Recipes from Lineage

Spring 2019 – Private Clubs
Get the recipes for Chef Sheldon Simeon’s Huli Huli Chicken and Chicken Adobo and Mushroom Fricassee.

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What Can Ferns Teach Us About Surviving Turbulent Times?

Spring 2019 – The New York Times T Magazine
Sheldon Simeon of Lineage and Tin Roof on Maui takes foraged hapu‘u, a hairy Hawaiian tree fern that towers at seven feet tall, and soaks it in water for a day, then boils, scrapes and boils it again before turning it into an earthy stew.

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Travel Foodies Unite in Hawaii

March 2019 – Seattle Magazine
For those who love the best of both worlds, Maui is a must. There’s sunrise at Haleakala juxtaposed to the rock concerts at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center, but it is the culinary scene that is the big story here…..There’s Top Chef two-time runner-up Sheldon Simeon’s brand new Lineage on the south side.

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Local Hero

March 2019 – Western Living
Sheldon Simeon, known for cooking authentic Hawaiian food in unexpected locales, takes on Maui’s tony Wailea.

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James Beard Award Semifinalists Announced — Maui’s Lineage gets ‘Best New Restaurant’ Nod

March 2019 – The Maui News
Lineage’s menu draws inspiration from Simeon’s background growing up in Hawaii and his Filipino ancestry. There is a selection of family-style appetizers, snacks, entrees and desserts, and, at the beginning of the meal, a mobile cart brings dim-sum style appetizers directly to diners’ tables.

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Fresh Dining Finds on Maui

March 2019 – Travel Weekly
Lineage’s menu draws inspiration from Simeon’s background growing up in Hawaii and his Filipino ancestry. There is a selection of family-style appetizers, snacks, entrees and desserts, and, at the beginning of the meal, a mobile cart brings dim-sum style appetizers directly to diners’ tables.

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‘Top Chef’ Favorite Sheldon Simeon Serves Up Home Cooking at Lineage Maui

March 2019 – Hemispheres Magazine
“We just wanted something homey,” Sheldon Simeon says of his new Wailea restaurant, Lineage Maui, where the Top Chef favorite serves comforting dishes like lauya, a hearty soup from the Philippines he grew up eating on Sundays in his Hawaiian-Filipino home.

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A Top Chef’s New Maui Eatery

February 2019 – Marin Magazine
Top Chef contestant Sheldon Simeon has a new restaurant in Maui that makes you feel at home.

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Hawaiian Mac Salad Isn’t Mainland Mac Salad

March 2019 – Taste
It’s a creamy, mutable, cost-effective way to round out a classic plate lunch of salty meats and fluffy white rice.

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Where to Go in Hawaii This Spring

March 2019 – Marin Magazine
Top Chef fan favorite Sheldon Simeon celebrates both his Filipino heritage and his Hilo upbringing at Lineage, his new restaurant in the Shops at Wailea.

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Simeon Says

Feb/Mar 2019 – HI Luxury
Sheldon Simeon draws culinary inspiration from his past for his new Maui restaurant, Lineage.

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How to Spend an Afternoon Eating Maui

February 12, 2019 – Frolic Hawaii
The sole reason why this trip was even planned: It’s time for dinner at Sheldon Simeon’s Lineage Maui. The restaurant has been a while in the making and finally found a home among luxury brand names.

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Chef Sheldon’s Kalua Pork Super Bowl Recipe

January 2019 – Fansided
Sheldon Simeon wowed Top Chef fans with his delicious food. In conjunction with Taste of the NFL, he shares this Kalua pork recipe, perfect for a Super Bowl party.

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Food Traditions, Food Trends

January 2019 – Smart Meetings
On two of the Aloha State’s most popular islands, the culinary pot is bubbling.

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Lineage makes Frolic Hawaii’s list of Best New Hawaii Restaurants of 2018

December 31, 2018 – Frolic Hawaii
We scrolled through our Instagram feeds, reflected on a year’s worth of eating and came up with these personal picks for best new Hawaii restaurants that opened in 2018. “Lineage offers a good balance of upscale plantation dishes and a healthy dose of nostalgia.”

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Family Ties

Fall/Winter 2018 – Where Guide Maui
Lineage traces Chef Sheldon Simeon’s roots. “This new restaurant, in essence, has become an extension of his house, where everyone is treated like ‘ohana and all are welcomed to ‘eat, drink and talk story’.”

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Vote for Lineage for the 2019 ‘Aipono Awards

Maui Nō Ka ʻOi Magazine
EXERCISE YOUR GOOD TASTE and vote for Lineage! Vote in at least 10 categories and be entered to win a gift certificate to an ‘Aipono Award-Winning restaurant! Winners will be announced in the upcoming May/June 2019 “Best of Maui Dining” issue. Mahalo for your support!

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Lineage: Beloved Chef Sheldon Simeon’s Hot New Restaurant Now Open at The Shops at Wailea

December 1, 2018 – The Maui Concierge
With what is arguably the most intriguing restaurant concept to hit the Maui dining scene in recent memory, beloved Chef Sheldon Simeon opened Lineage at The Shops at Wailea to rave reviews.

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The Faces of Wailea

Fall-Winter 2018 Edition – Wailea Magazine
Chef Sheldon Simeon’s newly-opened Lineage Restaurant debuts as one of the exclusive dining selections at Wailea.

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Hawaii’s New Tastemakers

Fall 2018 Edition – University of Hawaii Alumni Magazine
In 2011, Top Chef came looking for Sheldon Simeon. At the time, the Hilo native was running Star Noodle, a modern Asian spot on Maui. “It was all Forrest Gump-ish,” he says. “Things just happened.” What came next, though, didn’t just “happen.” Simeon finished the season on Bravo TV’s popular cooking competition as one of three finalists.

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Maui’s Filipino food scene doesn’t get the attention it deserves — that’s about to change

November 12, 2018 –
“We wanted to have food on the table once you come walking in,” Simeon told me over the phone. “If you were to go to my auntie’s house, the first thing she’d say even before saying hello would be, ‘Hey, make yourself a plate. Go eat. There’s already food on the table.’”

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On the Menu at Lineage for Restaurant Week Wailea

October 30, 2018 – Maui Now
Lineage opened at The Shops at Wailea on October 15, 2018. And mere weeks later, it’s already geared up to support the community during Restaurant Week Wailea!

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Chef Sheldon celebrates his heritage with new restaurant, Lineage

October 18, 2018 – Maui Time
Maui is buzzing over Chef Sheldon Simeon’s new full-service restaurant, Lineage, located at the Shops of Wailea. The restaurant concept draws on Simeon’s experiences and memories of growing up on Hawai‘i’s Big Island and the many cultures and cuisines that comprise the “Hawaiian Spirit.”

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25 Drinks to Order in Hawaii Besides a Mai Tai

October 17, 2018 – Travel Pulse
Sheldon Simeon, Hawaii’s golden boy superstar, recently opened restaurant Lineage. Here, the Top Chef alum dishes out cocktails and food inspired by his family and upbringing in Hilo.

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25 Hawaiian Eateries Your Stomach Will Love

October 17, 2018 – Travel Pulse
Chef Sheldon’s Poi Mochi is served with shio Koji chicken liver pâté and furikaki.

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Chef Sheldon Simeon Debuts Lineage in Maui

October 16, 2018 – Food Newsfeed
Chef Sheldon Simeon debuts his latest full-service concept, Lineage. The restaurant draws on Chef Sheldon’s experiences and memories of growing up on Hawaii’s big island and the many cultures and cuisines that comprise the ‘Hawaiian Spirit.’

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What to Eat and Drink This Week

October 15, 2018 – Departures
Starting October 15, chef Sheldon Simeon (Tin Roof) will open his second restaurant, Lineage, on Maui. The Top Chef alumnus and two-time James Beard Award nominee will focus on contemporary interpretations of traditional Hawaiian food.

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At Lineage, Sheldon Simeon Is Representing His Hawaiʻi Community

October 15, 2018 – Eater
The Top Chef alum’s new Maui restaurant will focus on family recipes and Hawaiʻi cooking techniques.

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Lineage’s Grand Opening Today!

October 15, 2018 – Menu Magazine
Chef Sheldon Simeon opens lineage restaurant celebrating the rich family history of traditional Hawaiian fare and his Filipino upbringing.

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Talking Story with Chef Sheldon Simeon at Lineage

October 13, 2018 – Maui Now
Here in Hawai‘i, “talking story” is how we communicate. At Lineage, it’s ingrained in every dish on the menu.

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Side Orders • October 11, 2018

October 11, 2018 – The Maui News
AND good news. . . Lineage (opening on Monday) will participate, another new first timer for us! Former “Top Chef” fan favorite and Maui restaurateur and chef Sheldon Simeon is opening Lineage in The Shops at Wailea. I just received a sample menu and it definitely digs into Simeon’s roots.

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6 Top Chef Stars Still Crushing It

October 10, 2018 – Food Newsfeed
Two-time “Top Chef” competitor Sheldon Simeon must be doing something right: on both of his seasons, he came within striking distance of the finals, and has even been voted “Fan Favorite.” That’s in addition to previous nominations for a James Beard “Rising Star Chef of the Year” and winning Food & Wine’s “People’s Choice Best New Chef.”

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The Weekly Eater: Sheldon Simeon’s new Maui restaurant will take cues from past

September 25, 2018 – Crave Online
As far as Hawaii’s dining scene has progressed in the past 30 years, chef Sheldon Simeon contends restaurants still present an idealized version of Hawaii’s people and culture, a Hollywood version that we thought we had transcended a generation ago.

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Top Chef Sheldon Simeon Serves His Food, His Way

September 21, 2018 – Honolulu Magazine
Chef Sheldon Simeon is opening his second restaurant, Lineage, in Wailea, Maui on Oct. 15. The menu is filled with food from personal and collective memories.

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Chef Sheldon Simeon: Celebrating Hawaiian Cuisine

September 21, 2018 – Entrepreneurial Chef
Awarded the title of Fan Favorite on Seasons 10 and 14 of Bravo Network’s Top Chef, Chef Sheldon Simeon has been reaching new culinary heights over the last six years on the silver screen and beyond. Hosting the Hawaiian cuisine series of Eater’s Cooking in America, the James Beard Award-winning chef explored the unique blend of cultures that define eating on the islands.

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Sheldon Simeon’s new Lineage

September 19, 2018 – Frolic Hawaii
Whether you’re famiiar with “Top Chef” alum Sheldon Simeon’s food or not, you’re in for a treat when he opens his latest restaurant, Lineage, on October 15. It’s going into the Shops at Wailea next to the Island Gourmet Market, and the buzz about this place has been so overwhelming that they won’t be taking reservations — it’s first come, first served.

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Chef Sheldon Simeon’s new concept introduces elevated Hawaiian comfort food

September 19, 2018 – Pacific Business News
The new restaurant will specialize in the kinds of Hawaiian dishes that are not typically served in restaurants, but are found at your grandmother’s or neighbor’s house.

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ABC Stores Takes its Next Step into the Restaurant World with Lineage on Maui

September 17, 2018 – Hawaii Business Magazine
“Sorry, I have work,” says Basalt chef Keith Kong, jokingly excusing himself from the conversation. He takes a thoughtful taste from a delicately plated cremeux-stuffed chocolate cake, adorned with artful smears of filling and drippings of raspberry coulis. It’s a potential new dish from Basalt restaurant, which means Kong has testing duties.

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Celebrated Hawaii chef Sheldon Simeon opens Lineage restaurant on Maui

September 12, 2018 – Hawaii Magazine
The food arrived all at once, the table’s surface crowded like at a local family’s potluck—never exactly an exercise in restraint nor refinement. For though this was a preview dinner for Lineage, Sheldon Simeon’s new restaurant to open in October 2018 at The Shops at Wailea,..

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Chef Sheldon Simeon Pays Tribute to Hawaiʻi in Everything He Does

August 21, 2018 – Eater
When Eater set out to explore the ways immigrants in the United States maintain a connection to their home countries through its series Cooking in America — chef Sheldon Simeon was an easy choice for host.

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Top Chef Alum Sheldon Simeon’s New Lineage Restaurant to Open in Early Fall

August 10, 2018 – Maui Now
Bravo network Top Chef alum Sheldon Simeon is readying the launch of his second Maui restaurant Lineage, slated to open in early fall, according to information compiled by the Hawaiʻi tourism officials.

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Chef Sheldon Simeon Wants Hawaii to Be Your Next Vacation Spot

June 25, 2018 – Cheddar TV
Despite the devastation following the volcanic eruptions in Hawaii, one local chef is optimistic about tourism. Sheldon Simeon is a two-time ‘Fan Favorite’ chef on ‘Top Chef,’ and is currently opening his second restaurant in Maui. He tells us what he’s cooking up for the locals and what inspires his diverse dishes.

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Hawaii Top Chef contestant to open second Maui restaurant

June 11, 2018 – Pacific Business News
Hawaii Chef Sheldon Simeon wants to share his family recipes through his newest restaurant, Lineage, opening this August in Wailea.

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Restaurants we’re dying to try: Omakase-only sushi and a Hawaiian hotspot

May 15, 2018 – Restaurant Hospitality
Summer is heating up, with new restaurants on the horizon that will include a renowned chef’s first restaurant opening in Florida and an intimate omakase-only sushi bar. Other notable, upcoming openings include a celebrity chef’s Hawaiian hotspot and a sea-worthy hangout in North Carolina.

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How Sheldon Got His Groove Back

May 8, 2018 – Flux Hawaii
Sheldon Simeon isn’t trying to reinvent the wheel. Instead, he looks to family history for inspiration in creating his soulful cuisine.

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The 10 Most Exciting Restaurant Openings of 2018

March 30, 2018 – Food Newsfeed
Chef Sheldon Simeon was a fan favorite on “Top Chef” (we’re sensing a theme here), and his casual Maui lunch spot, Tin Roof, has been a huge success. With Lineage, Simeon plans to take his talents to the full-service arena. Though the vibe will still be relaxed (like Tin Roof, Lineage will be located in a strip mall), the food is anything but simple.

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Sheldon Simeon Wants to Change How You Think About Hawaiian Food

March 23, 2018 – Food & Wine
Sheldon Simeon is eager to talk about his family. He wants me to know it’s his grandmother and his mother who have inspired his cuisine, and he’s quick to clarify that he doesn’t think he and his chefs are preparing those dishes any better than the women who raised him (except that “we might cut a vegetable a little bit nicer.”)

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‘Top Chef’ Favorite Sheldon Simeon Has Big Plans for Hawaiʻi

March 14, 2018 – Eater National
Like Tin Roof, the mostly bowl-focused lunch spot chef Sheldon Simeon opened in 2016, Lineage, the Top Chef alum’s newest restaurant, is located in an unassuming Maui strip mall. And like that restaurant, which is named for the tin roofs that cover houses in Sheldon’s native Hilo, Hawaiʻi is at its center.

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2018’s Most Anticipated American Restaurant Openings

January 5, 2018 – Vogue
The future of American dining looks bright. Here’s what to get excited about in 2018, conveniently arranged in alphabetical order.

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The Most Anticipated Restaurant Openings In 24 Cities

Updated January 29, 2018 – Eater National
Earlier this month, Eater published its picks for the most exciting restaurant openings nationwide, and the 19 featured restaurants shed light on some key dining trends and patterns.

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Thank you to those who attended our pop-up preview! Here’s what some local media have shared from their experience:

"It was amazing! Thanks so much for inviting me! We all had a great time and were impressed by Sheldon’s vision and food!"
Catherine Toth Fox, Honolulu Magazine

"It was really great, though that wasn’t a surprise knowing Sheldon. Compliments to him and his entire team! I loved how every single dish had a story behind it. Thank you for the invite."
Matthew Dekneef, Flux Hawaii

"It was GREAT. Mahalo!"
Melissa Chang, Crave

"It was a fabulous dinner. I would love to set up interviews after they open"
Jo McGarry, Radio Mojo

"The preview was great, and the food was amazing."
Kevin Allen, Hawaii Magazine