Maui's Makena Beach & Golf Resort Announces New Executive Chef
Makena Beach & Golf Resort has promoted chef de cuisine Kurt Lesmerises to executive chef. His position will oversee the resort’s entire culinary and banquet programs.
“We are happy to announce the well deserved promotion of Chef Kurt Lesmerises to the position of executive chef,” said Makena Beach & Golf Resort’s general manager Declan McCarthy, “over the past year he has done a tremendous job of leading the culinary team and elevating the food and beverage experience at the resort. We look forward to the all the new and innovative culinary programs he will bring in the coming months.”
Chef Kurt Lesmerises joined the Makena Beach & Golf Resort’s culinary team in July 2013. Specializing in classical French, continental and Hawaii Regional Cuisine, Lesmerises was a natural fit to the resort’s overall culinary program. In May 2014, Lesmerises was promoted to the position of chef de cuisine. The position included additional leadership responsibilities such as managing the resort’s culinary department and running all four of the resort’s eateries and restaurants. As the executive chef he will continue to head the resort’s culinary needs, in addition to overseeing the resort’s catering functions, banquets and stewarding departments.
“I am very honored and excited to take on the position of executive chef at the Makena Beach & Golf Resort,” said Chef Kurt Lesmerises, “I look forward to working with the rest of the Food & Beverage team in continuing the success and growth of Makena Beach & Golf Resort’s culinary program.”
Born in New Hampshire and raised in Colorado, Lesmerises developed a passion for food and French cooking during frequent family trips to France. He followed his passion beginning his culinary training in South Carolina at Bob Jones University and majoring in the Culinary Arts. Lesmerises finished his formal training at Colorado Mountain Culinary institute, graduating as a Certified Culinarian in 2004 and received on-the-job training at several various Vail Resort restaurants in Colorado. Chef Lesmerises is also a member of La Confrerie De La Chaine Des Rotisseurs Vail Billage Colorado, the American Culinary Association, Maitre Canardier ‘L’ordre Des Canardiers,’ and a Chapitre Rouen, France.
Skilled in French and European culinary techniques, Lesmerises’ notable professional experiences include chef tournant at the four-diamond French and Austrian fine-dining restaurant, Alpenglow Stube & Der Fondue Chessel, in Colorado; as well as sous chef at David Paul’s Island Grill and Merriman’s Kapalua on Maui. At Merriman’s, Chef Lesmerises honed his passion for the restaurant’s famed farm-to-table concept and the flavors of Hawaii Regional Cuisine. At Makena, Chef Lesmerises continues to institute the same philosophy of using fresh island ingredients and the precision of French cooking to create innovative dishes that represent Hawaii and its’ island culture.
For more information, visit Makena Beach & Golf Resort.
SOURCE: Makena Beach & Golf Resort press release
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