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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.

Art Smith,



Tchoup Chop

Re­sort. la­tive Parisian cui­sine.

Wolf­gang Puck

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.

Mo­ri­moto Asia,

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

Tablas Fron-

Rick Bay­less.

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—

Mon­sieur Paul,

is the su­per­per­fect for clas­sic

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