Seven of the Orlando area’s top chefs have been nominated as James Beard Award semi-finalists, but you might not recognize their names—yet. However, Orlando is also alive with celebrity chefs you already know well.
Resort. lative Parisian cuisine.
California’s own has a location at Disney Springs West Side, which offers an open kitchen spotlighting his famous wood-fired pizzas, a formal dining room upstairs, a sushi bar and a “grab and go” Express.
Kevin Dundon’s Raglan Road Irish Pub,
A short walk from Wolfgang’s is transplanted from Dublin with great fish and chips as well as Dundon’s inventive interpretations of classic Irish dishes. Directly across the path, seekers of ultrahip pan-Asian cuisine such as Indonesian goreng, Korean buri-bop and Singapore laksa, and some of the best sushi in town, can find it at helmed (when he’s in town), by the Iron Chef himself.
Opening this summer to the burgeoning Disney Springs is
Homecoming: Florida Kitchen and Southern Shine,
a 200-seat restaurant from Oprah’s former private chef, focusing on his takes on Southern cooking. And South of the border will be represented by
a hand- crafted, fresh guacamole, carne asada paradise from six-time James Beard award-winner
Fine dining is represented by one of the founders of celebrity chef- dom,
who epitomizes the new face of New Orleans at the best restaurant in Universal’s CityWalk at his namesake Emeril’s with Louisiana-style food with creative flair, as well as unique takes on Asian at his
at the nearby Royal Pacific
Les Chefs de France,
Upstairs from a stronghold of French cooking at Epcot’s France Pavilion developed by three legendary chefs—
Paul Bocuse, Gaston Lenôtre and Roger Vergé—
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