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Savella Brings His Traditional Hawaiian Upbringing and Extensive Culinary Expertise to His New Role at The Resort’s Signature Restaurant

KAPALUA, MAUI, HI – October 17, 2016The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua is pleased to announce the appointment of Alvin Savella as Head Chef of the resort’s signature restaurant, The Banyan Tree. Featuring the freshest local fare coupled with spectacular sunset views and an open-air atmosphere, Savella will be at the helm of this award-winning restaurant which is slated to undergo a reimaged interior design in early 2017.

Born and raised on the island of Maui with nearly two decades of culinary experience, Savella brings his colorful Hawaiian culture and fiery passion for food to The Banyan Tree team, providing guests with innovative dishes and fresh cocktails highlighting locally sourced ingredients, including those from the resort’s abundant organic garden. Known for its farm-to-fork and garden-to-glass culinary concepts, The Banyan Tree envelops guests in its authentically tropical Hawaiian atmosphere embellished with thoughtful architectural designs reflecting a unique sense of place, and breathtaking ocean views.

Most recently serving as Chef de Cuisine at Pulehu, An Italian Grill at the Westin Ka’anapali Ocean Resort Villas for the past several years, Savella spent the majority of his culinary career in Southern California, most notably at Jer-ne Restaurant at The Ritz-Carlton, Marina del Rey. Savella attained an Associate of Science in Culinary Arts as well as a Bachelor of Science in Culinary Management at The Art Institute of California-Los Angeles. He is also an active Brand Ambassador to “True Cooks” and does local televised cooking segments on “Living 808” on KHON2 News and a morning culinary show on KITV4.

“Savella brings a fresh perspective and boisterous personality to the already talented Banyan Tree team,” says The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua General Manager Mike Kass. “His creativity and passion for fresh, innovative cuisine results in beautiful and strikingly flavorful dishes that elevate the dining experience for our guests.”

Savella will be at the forefront of the restaurant’s renovation beginning in early 2017 as part of the resort’s ongoing transformation which began this past summer with the completion of brand new Residential Suites, new Burger Shack beachside restaurant, and an enhanced lobby lanai experience.

For more information or reservations at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua, please call (800) 262-8440, the hotel directly at (808) 669-6200 or visit The Ritz-Carlton Web site.