Marking the Official Completion of the Resort’s Extensive Refresh, Banyan Tree Has Been Revolutionized with Chef Toland at the Helm
KAPALUA, MAUI, HI — June 4, 2019 — The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua is proud to announce the debut of its newly reimagined signature restaurant, Banyan Tree, marking the final phase of completion for the resort-wide renovation and evolution of food and beverage outlets. With the talented and charismatic leader, Chef Isabelle Toland at the helm, Banyan Tree is destined for a new level of culinary acknowledgement and praise for its fresh aesthetic, innovative menu, and sustainable measures. The reimagined dining experience takes guests on a culinary journey of the various cultures of influence on Chef Toland, while remaining anchored in local ingredients and Hawaiian traditions.
Highlighted by a modern, hand-crafted bar that serves as the focal point of the redesigned space by creating an open concept with expansive views, the restaurant’s transformation pays homage to the history of the banyan tree in Hawaii as a gathering place to meet and share a meal under the shady of its canopy. Chef Toland’s vibrant new menu embraces that spirit and invites diners on a voyage to discover the roots of the land while incorporating the island’s most unique and sustainable ingredients. Classic Hawaiian recipes are deconstructed and redesigned with a local twist using Mediterranean cooking techniques to develop a menu that will enliven the senses through the way of the islands.
With an emphasis on supporting local farms and farmers, Chef Toland is bringing Banyan Tree back to its plantation roots, while dressing the menu with a French and Filipino flare inspired by her personal upbringing. A well-traveled and culturally versed individual, Chef Toland vows to “put her past on the plate,” showcasing her extensive years of culinary expertise in various regions of the world. Born in Bordeaux, France and having lived her teenage years in Manila, Philippines, Chef Toland drew inspiration for several dishes on the new Banyan Tree menu from the flavors and ingredients found in these traditional cuisines. As a child of the world who has called countless cities home, her culinary prowess and techniques are truly one-of-a-kind, reflecting her inspiring journey that has now landed her on the island of Maui.