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The Team

More than just a meal

Meet the Team

Chef Brian Etheredge has assembled a team of highly skilled and passionate chefs, each possessing a deep understanding of culinary artistry and an unwavering commitment to delivering an unforgettable dining experience. Whether it’s creating mouthwatering farm-to-table dishes using locally sourced ingredients or crafting exquisite multi-course meals that showcase the best of Hawaiian cuisine, the chefs at Private Maui Chef are dedicated to exceeding the expectations of even the most discerning palates. With their culinary prowess, attention to detail, and dedication to exceptional service, this team of culinary professionals is poised to transform any occasion into an extraordinary journey.
Executive Chef / OWNER

Brian Etheredge

Brian Etheredge has been captivated by the culinary world since he was 13 years old. A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, he arrived in Maui in 1998 where he opened the award-winning restaurant Capische.

Chef Etheredge has been a leader in shaping the culinary scene across Hawaii and an advocate for sustainability. He’s been working with the same local farmers and fishermen for more than 19 years ensuring the freshest local ingredients which not only taste better but help to sustain the environment and support the community. Brian has excelled as both a chef and restaurant owner, winning numerous awards ranging from Maui Chef of the Year to Restaurant of the Year and Most Romantic Restaurant.

Madame Donut

Everything Madame Donut does is colorful and whimsical. Her food is imaginative with a nod to culture and tradition. After a lifelong passion for cooking, she attended the Culinary Institute of America in Napa to study Baking and Pastry. While Madame Donut is famous for her donuts, she is also an incredibly talented savory chef.

Madame Donut has appeared on FOX’s “Master Chef – United Tastes of America”, won Cooking Channel’s “Donut Showdown” and the “Backyard Barbecue” episode of “Sugar Showdown”, has been featured on PBS’ HIKI NŌ and in numerous publications.


Chef Joe

When Joe cooks for you, he puts his heart on the table. You’ll experience a fulfilling and satisfying “good home grubbing”. Each dish will be colorful, flavorful, and downright delicious.

Joe has been cooking all his life. During a visit to Maui his senior year in high school, he stayed and began his professional journey as a chef. Joe finds inspiration each time he enters the kitchen. Nothing brings him more joy than creating a meal for you and your guests, to have and enjoy, while you create new memories with your family and loved ones.


Chef Josh

When Josh cooks for you, you’ll experience an artistic presentation and an explosion of layered flavoring showcasing the dedication and love he puts into all his dishes. They will be playful, exciting, and beautiful.

The deep love Josh has for family & food paved a clear path for him as a chef. In 2000 his journey officially began where his passion, raw talent, and strong work ethic helped him quickly work his way to a chef in high-end restaurants on Maui with Hawaiian Asian-influenced dishes. His devotion to balancing new flavors and choice of ingredients inspires him daily to present each dish most creatively.


Chef Pete

When Pete cooks for you, you’ll experience ‘simple’ dishes with complex flavor profiles and diverse textures. They will be fresh, flavorful, and refined.

As the anchor of Pete’s family, cooking is ingrained in Pete’s heart. In 2011 he trained at Le Cordon Bleu in classic French where he refined his technique and flavor profiles. Soon after he graduated, his Maui roots and dishes from his grandmother and father inspired him to dive deep into the contemporary Hawaiian and Japanese food landscape. With the abundance of local produce and seafood available he is continually inspired to prepare the freshest refined meal.


Chef Maya

Chef Maya draws influences from her italian roots and pairs those flavors with the local fresh ingredients that Maui offers. She takes the traditional flavors of Italy and puts a healthy modern spin on the plates that she cooks for you.

She started cooking at a young age with her father who grew up in Italy and after highschool attended Oregon Culinary Institute in Portland. When she moved back to Maui she blended Island flavors with Italian influenced cuisine. While she loves making fresh pasta for you, she also has Celiac disease and puts a big emphasis on making a lot of her meals gluten free friendly.