About Chef

About Chef

Chef Robert Barrera

Robert’s natural passion for creativity first piqued his epicurean interests- and it was the simple, comforting nature of classic French cuisine that he discovered while working at restaurants in California which turned his passion into an obsession. Culinary roots established, Robert followed his passion to Maui, moving to the island in 2008 he became the lead line cook of the opening team of Merriman’s, Kapalua. Here he became well versed in Hawaiian Regional Cuisine, working with local ingredients to blend Hawaii’s historical influences together into unique and delicious creations. His experience spans several notable restaurants in Maui including Hula Grill, Duke’s Beach House, Merriman’s and most recently, PM Sous Chef at The Plantation House Restaurant working under Chef Jojo Vasquez.

Chef Robert’s food offers a sophisticated yet comforting dining experience using fresh, local ingredients and drawing from influences around the world. Products of the highest quality are matched with a cooking style which brings out their distinct flavors and fragrances to create unique and vibrant dishes. He credits his culinary range to his training under a variety of accomplished chefs, his time spent cooking and residing on Maui, his constant studies of gastronomic traditions and current trends of the culinary world, and his recent travels.

In 2014, Robert brought his wealth of culinary knowledge, talent, passion and energy to Pineapple Grill, Kapalua as Chef de Cuisine, and has recently been promoted to Executive Chef. The move to Pineapple Grill has allowed him to showcase his individual skills, and together with his team he looks forward to taking the restaurant to the next level and ensuring that it continues to be recognized as one of the top dining establishments in Kapalua.

When he’s not lounging on the beach or going on travel adventures with his lovely wife, Robert spends his time dining out, experimenting with food, reading, hanging out with family and enjoying everything the beautiful island of Maui has to offer.