Meet the Makers - Chef Sheldon Simeon

The story of Hawaiian cooking, by a two-time Top Chef finalist and Fan Favorite, through 100 recipes that embody the beautiful cross-cultural exchange of the islands.

Even when he was winning accolades and adulation for his cooking, two-time Top Chef finalist Sheldon Simeon decided to drop what he thought he was supposed to cook as a chef. He dedicated himself instead to the local Hawai‘i food that feeds his ‘ohana—his family and neighbors. With uncomplicated, flavor-forward recipes, he shows us the many cultures that have come to create the cuisine of his beloved home: the native Hawaiian traditions, Japanese influences, Chinese cooking techniques, and dynamic Korean, Portuguese, and Filipino flavors that are closest to his heart.

Through stunning photography, poignant stories, and dishes like wok-fried poke, pork dumplings made with biscuit dough, crispy cauliflower katsu, and charred huli-huli chicken slicked with a sweet-savory butter glaze, Cook Real Hawai‘i will bring a true taste of the cookouts, homes, and iconic mom and pop shops of Hawai‘i into your kitchen.

About SLAB

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Celebrity chef Sheldon Simeon elevates an otherwise simple homemade concoction into a refined condiment. He has crafted a unique take on Hawaiʻi’s ubiquitous chili pepper water, which is consumed with everything from poke to roast pork. Chef Sheldon’s artisanal Hawaiian chili pepper water uses only the best ingredients, and once added to your food you’ll never want to eat a meal without it. This innovative product is sure to be a great addition to any dish–even chase your alcohol of choice with Slab!

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