FX Excursions

FX Excursions offers the chance for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in destinations around the world.

Chef Isabelle Toland, The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua

by Kimberly Krol Inlander

Sep 1, 2019
Food

A NEW STAR JOINED the already bright roster of culinary powerhouses at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua on Maui’s northwest shore. Chef Isabelle “Bella” Toland joined the resort this spring when its reimagined signature restaurant, The Banyan Tree, reopened.

Toland’s esteemed reputation in the industry preceded her recent appointment; she joins the Hawai’ian luxury property from Travaasa Hana, where she directed food and beverage efforts since 2016. Prior to that, she worked for Wolfgang Puck Fine Dining Group, including as sous chef at Spago at Four Seasons Resort Maui, where she immersed herself in traditional Hawai’ian cuisine and culture.

After delighting their taste buds at The Banyan Tree, guests at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua can also enjoy newly reimagined guestrooms, new décor, an indulgent spa, five other dining experiences, meeting space, luxury cabanas, Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ambassadors of the Environment program and much more.

WHICH DESTINATIONS INSPIRED YOU, AND HOW HAS THAT INSPIRATION TRANSLATED INTO YOUR CULINARY CONCEPTS? Growing up with a French dad and a Fil- Spanish mother, food has always been part of loving. It’s a culture as opposed to a choice. I spent most of my teenage years in Manila, spending summers in California and Hawai’i. My parents have always been travelers and so have I. So I guess I am a world nomad with many cultures involved in my cooking and lifestyle. Asian flavors and French techniques have always been present in my menus and cooking. It’s always evolving as well. My most recent travels to Nepal expanded my spice cabinet, and Marseilles has me using more fennel lately.

WHOM DO YOU CONSIDER TO BE YOUR CULINARY HERO? Anthony Bourdain always intrigued me. I loved his authenticity and lack of “caring what others think” mentality. His travels and need to explore and try things others wouldn’t are things I push for myself.

WHAT ONE PERSON MOST INFLUENCED YOUR COOKING STYLE? My mom — she left Manila at 18 years old and moved to New York City, where she met my dad. Then they lived in Bordeaux and moved to the Philippines and later California. She’s a wacky one, and always pushes to be different. That goes for her cooking; I grew up eating classic French food to which she always added her twist.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE FOOD CITY? Paris. I can have all types of cuisine and all types done properly. The French have food and wine in their culture. You don’t have to be a chef to know good food techniques and wine knowledge.

WHAT DO YOU THINK THE NEXT BIG TREND ON THE FOOD SCENE WILL BE? Family style — more and more we see restaurants moving away from the classical three-course meal. The hardest thing about going out is wanting to eat everything but not physically being able to order 10 menu items. That’s why tasting menus have taken off. Unfortunately, not everyone can afford a $300-plus meal, so why not share everything and taste more?

At The Banyan Tree, this is something we push for. We want guests to be able to take a bit of the first dish, then go back and compare it to the third, fourth or fifth. We want everyone to eat together, talk about the food and pass the dishes down the table as you would at home or at a dinner party.

THE BANYAN TREE

The Ritz-Carlton Kapalua
1 Ritz-Carlton Drive
Kapalua, HI 96761
tel 808 669 6200
ritzcarlton.com

Introducing

FX Excursions

FX Excursions offers the chance for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in destinations around the world.

#globility

Insta Feed
Daily
Oct 3, 2022

Palazzo Ricci’s Fractional Ownership Residences to Debut in 2023

Developer Viaggio Resorts soon debuts Palazzo Ricci in Abruzzo, Italy. Built in 1799, the palace is in restoration mode ahead of its 2023 debut. The project is being offered as a private residence club, fractional or co-ownership model.

TAP Air Portugal: 77 Years Young

TAP Air Portugal, or rather Transportes Aéreos Portugueses, was founded 77 years ago, March 14, 1945, and flew its first commercial flight September 19, 1946, inaugurating service from Lisbon to Madrid, Spain, aboard a Douglas DC-3.

Slideshow
Oct 3, 2022

7 Reasons to Put Stockholm, Sweden, on Your Travel List

It’s time to start dreaming of your next trip. Here’s some destination inspiration for you. Take a visual journey through Stockholm, Sweden, with us.

Daily
Oct 3, 2022

Dutch Design Week

Dutch Design Week 2022 is the biggest design event in northern Europe, taking place Oct. 22–30, in the city of Eindhoven. More than 2,600 designers participate in the event, and about 355,000 visitors from Europe and abroad attend. The almost 500 DDW events offer an opportunity for visitors to explore every imaginable design discipline, with a clear emphasis on experiment, innovation and the development of young talent.

United Debuts New United Club, Its Largest in the Country, at EWR

At nearly 30,000 square feet, United Airlines’ newest United ClubSM now welcomes Newark Liberty International Airport travelers with its modern design, enhanced amenities, culinary offerings, locally sourced art and furniture and Manhattan skyline views. Seek airport solace at the new location in Terminal C3, near Gate C123.

Daily
Oct 3, 2022

Urban Villages Breaks Ground on the First Carbon-Positive Hotel in the United States

Urban Villages recently started construction on Populus, the first carbon-positive hotel in the United States. The 265-room hotel should open in late 2023 and will be unlike anything Denver has ever seen.

Daily
Sep 28, 2022

Visit California Creates Platform Showcasing Native American Culture in the State

This month, tribal leaders and state officials joined Visit California at the future Agua Caliente Cultural Plaza to unveil a new statewide initiative. This initiative aims to showcase California’s native communities and cultural tourism experiences to domestic and international travelers. At the announcement, tribal leaders from across the state shared with journalists a sampling of the state’s vast array of offerings.

Los Cabos Sets Your Vacation Apart
from the Rest

Whether you prefer a villa on the beach or an ultra-luxe suite downtown, you’ll find everything you’re looking for in Los Cabos.

Daily
Sep 28, 2022

Love Stories Rooted in Southwest Germany’s Palaces and Gardens

Longing for a destination steeped in romance and enchanting stories? In Southwest Germany, a collection of soaring castles and resplendent gardens offers connections to tales of true love. Take a trip to Sepulchral Chapel on Württemberg Hill in Stuttgart, overlooking the Neckar Valley.