Zachary Coltes - Hawaii Food & Wine Festival

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Zachary Coltes

Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa - Lahaina, HI

Chef Zac Coltes brings a sincere passion to his role as sous chef at Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa. With more than nine years’ experience cooking a diverse range of cuisines, the Seattle, Washington, native began his career as a line cook at The Grape Adventure in Kent, Washington, before advancing his skillset with culinary roles at well-known restaurants including Nordstrom Grill in Seattle, Washington, and Hula Grill in Lahaina, Maui.

In his current role as sous chef at Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa, Chef Coltes spearheads dinner service at the resort’s signature restaurant, ROCKsalt, developing menus, managing and leading staff and interacting with guests. He also assists with operational duties for the resort’s other food and beverage outlets, including Teppan-yaki Dan, Cliff Dive Grill and Mai Tai Bar, and works with the culinary and event teams to manage and execute banquet functions, including the resort’s Maui Nui Luau.

Chef Coltes attended the culinary arts program at South Seattle Community College, and has participated in a number of culinary events on Maui including Kapalua Wine and Food Festival, Hawaii Food and Wine Festival, Hawaii Visitor Industry’s annual Charity Walk, and more.



 

WHY DID YOU BECOME A CHEF?
I’ve always enjoyed creating something amazing out of nothing. Working in the kitchen, I get to do that everyday.

HOW DO YOU DESCRIBE YOUR COOKING IN THREE WORDS?
Warm, comfort, happy.

WHAT’S THE BEST HONOR YOU’VE RECEIVED AS A CHEF?
Winning Best Dish at Kapalua Wine and Food Festival 2019.

WHAT IS YOUR GO-TO MEAL AFTER A BUSY DAY?
Pan seared ribeye with rice and veggies.

HOW DO YOU SPEND YOUR TIME WHEN YOU’RE NOT IN THE KITCHEN?
Going to the beach with my friends.

WHAT THE ONE LOCAL INGREDIENT YOU’RE EXCITED TO COOK WITH DURING HFWF19?
I plan on using local wild boar for my dish and I am very excited to work with it.

WHAT YOU DO RECOMMEND FOR VISITING CHEFS TO DO IN HAWAII?
Jump off Black Rock in Maui.

IF YOU WERE NOT A CHEF, WHAT WOULD YOU BE AND WHY?
I would probably be a firefighter. I have a lot of firefighters in my family and I have always admired what they do.