In this podcast Peter talks about what the past 2 years have been like, the correlation between staffing challenges and affordable housing on Maui, navigating through the workforce shortage in general, industry changes created by the pandemic that will stick around, what went into the decision to switch to a prix-fixe menu at Merriman’s Kapalua, the challenge the industry is facing with increased costs, how he will be the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Aipono Awards on August 20th, recounting what it was like to get local products for a restaurant back in the mid-80’s compared to what it’s like today, his passion for conservation and sustainability in Hawaii, his goal to transform one of his restaurants into a carbon neutral business (and what that will entail), and his goals in general for Merriman’s and Monkeypod here on Maui over the next 6-12 months.
Pacific Business News is excited to announce chef and restaurateur Peter Merriman as this year’s Career Achievement honoree for the annual Business Leadership Hawaii awards.
“I’m glad it’s the career [award] and not the lifetime because I thought hey, how old am I?” Merriman said with a laugh.
“It’s a real honor,” he added. “It’s an interesting time to be getting honors — it’s a precarious moment for any business in Hawaii, let alone the restaurant business.”
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Thirty years after opening his first restaurant in Waimea on the Big Island and sparking the most influential food movement in Hawai'i, Chef Peter Merriman is just getting started.
Merriman's Waimea, Merriman's Kapalua, and Merriman's Fish House also received top honors during the state’s longest running and most prestigious dining awards.