Our Team


As Executive Chef, Chef Michael's primary focus is to oversee all culinary operations at the resort, including its signature restaurant, RumFire Poipu Beach, Lava’s on Poipu Beach, the resort’s banquet and catering offerings and oceanfront lu‘au dining. In November 2015, he appeared in an episode of “Cutthroat Kitchen” on the Food Network. A seasoned culinary professional, Chef Young has over 25 years of experience from the front of the house to opening his own restaurant. He holds an A.O.S. in Culinary Arts from the California Culinary Academy, and trained at Aqua San Francisco under the tutelage of Michelin Star-rated and two-time, James Beard award-winning Chef Michael Mina. Previously a chef at Merriman’s Fish House on Kaua‘i, Chef Young returned to the island in 2014 following his role as Restaurant Chef at The Grand Wailea on Maui. His philosophy is to let the ingredients he works with speak for themselves, and he has ignited inspiration into Sheraton Kauai's menus through the introduction of new, locally sourced items such as Niihau lamb and Makaweli beef.



Restaurant manager Ryan Mora oversees all front of house and bar operations at the oceanfront RumFire Poipu Beach. A Sheraton Kauai Resort team member since 2016, Mora’s focus is to deliver an extraordinary oceanfront dining experience at RumFire through his team’s attentive service and commitment to quality. Mora previously held management positions at Kalaheo Steak and Ribs and the Beach House restaurants on Kaua‘i.