Sheldon was born in Hilo, on the Big Island of Hawaii, and acquired his love for cooking from his family’s love of cooking and entertaining. Sheldon attended Maui Culinary Academy and worked in various restaurants on Maui before competing in seasons 10 and 14 of Bravo’s hit competition cooking show “Top Chef,” winning Fan Favorite both times. In 2016, Sheldon opened his first solo restaurant, Tin Roof, where he serves up local dishes in take-out bowls. In fall 2018, Sheldon opened Lineage, his second solo restaurant and full service concept delighting guests with traditional local Hawaii fare in Wailea, Maui. In 2019, Lineage was named a James Beard Award semifinalist for “Best New Restaurant.” In 2020, Sheldon left Lineage to focus on writing his first cookbook, Cook Real Hawai’i, which just came out in the Spring of 2021 from Clarkson Potter. Sheldon resides in Maui with his wife Janice and their four children.