Celebrities love Disney Parks! You can often find them along with their entourage being escorted from attraction to attraction. Celebrity chefs, on the other hand, love Disney Springs. Why? Because the millions of visitors to Walt Disney World every year have to eat, and these chefs see it as an opportunity to share their love of food through restaurants. Joining originals Gloria Estefan and Wolfgang Puck, a number of award winning chefs have opened dining establishments at Disney Springs, helping Orlando to be seen as a world class culinary destination.
We’ve all heard of the TV show Iron Chef, but Chef Masaharu Morimoto was one of the originals. Opening in 2015, Morimoto Asia is a Pan-Asian restaurant offering favorite Asian flavors like Peking Duck and kung pao chicken, but also serves noodle bowls and has a full sushi bar. Featuring an exhibition kitchen, guests can watch as the chefs prepare dim sum, spare ribs, and orange chicken. While you’re waiting for your meal to arrive, enjoy a featured house sake to pass the time. And don’t forget dessert! With an Asian twist, enjoy Oreo tempura or churro fondue.
Traveling back to North America, Frontera Cocina, opened by James Beard Foundation Award winner Rick Bayless, features Mexican dishes with a modern twist. Chef Bayless has hosted and appeared on numerous TV shows, including Top Chef Masters on Bravo, which he won. Enjoy bacon guacamole, salsa, fresh salads, and traditional Mexican favorites like carne asada. Oh, and a margarita. Dinner wouldn’t be complete without one! This restaurant also features a quick service taco bar if you’re in a hurry to get back to shopping!
Best known for being chef to celebrity Oprah Winfrey, Art Smith, a Florida native, decided to come back to his roots. Previously a Cast Member in the Disney College Program, Chef Art Smith is opening Chef Art Smith’s Homecoming, a traditional restaurant featuring classic southern fare, at Disney Springs, making it full circle back to Disney. This menu has something to tempt every palate, from fried chicken to shrimp and grits. Check out the signature drink, The Local, made from coconut water rum, lime juice, simple syrup, and fresh pineapple. Finish of your meal with chocolate pecan pie or moonshine cake.
No matter which you choose, you’re sure to find something to tickle your tastebuds and satisfy your tummy! Who would you like to see open a restaurant at Disney Springs?