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Orlando: Multitasking Never Tasted So Good

A January 2008 trip to Orlando by Michael Green

Quote: These Orlando outposts demonstrate that great restaurants and multitasking are not oil and water--at least for these cool, calm, and collected chefs.

Orlando: Multitasking Never Tasted So Good

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It’s no secret that celebrity chefs have gone all over the globe opening restaurant after restaurant. And while these restaurants are based more on brand identity and proprietary recipes rather than the chef at the helm, don’t fret. Some chefs’ greatest talent lies in their ability to delegate to executive chefs and manage the infrastructure of a restaurant group. These Orlando outposts demonstrate that great restaurants and multitasking are not oil and water—at least for chefs as cool, calm, and collected as these.

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Emeril's Restaurant

Restaurant

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Probably the most famous chef in the nation, Emeril has made a name for himself with dynamic, flavorful, and passionate Creole food and personality. This Universal Studios restaurant, his fifth, definitely has “bang!” written all over it: The open kitchen and massive “wall of wine” create a dynamic, high-impact environment perfectly representative of the man and his food.
www.emerils.com/restaurants/orlando_emerils

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 8, 2008

Emeril's Restaurant
6000 Universal Blvd
Orlando, Florida 32819
+1 407 224 2424

Roy's

Restaurant

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Open since 2001, Chef Roy Yamaguchi’s Orlando restaurant serves inspired Hawaiian/ Pacific island dishes. In keeping with what made him famous, the restaurant is shellfish- and seafood-based, with accents like macadamia nuts, pineapple, and soy sauce. Florida may be on the East Coast, but Roy’s delivers consistently delicious Pacific Ocean flavor here nevertheless. After all, that’s what being an international chef is all about.
www.roysrestaurant.com/

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 8, 2008

Roy's
7760 W. Sand Lake Rd.
Orlando, Florida 32819
(407) 352-4844

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Chef Norman Van Aken is a Florida legend. His first restaurant, Norman’s, in Coral Gables, is consistently ranked one of the best restaurants in Florida—and across the country. His Orlando outpost is not much different, offering distinctly Floridian food, locally sourced with Caribbean, Latin, and Asian influences.
www.normans.com

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 8, 2008

Norman's Ritz-Carlton Orlando Grande Lakes The
4000 Central Florida Pkwy
Orlando, Florida 32837
407-393-4333

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If anyone was to be crowned the king of multitasking, it would be chef Wolfgang Puck. He oversees an empire that spans the food landscape: takeout dishes, frozen foods, a chain of pizza restaurants, several award-winning restaurants in Los Angeles (including his signature establishment, perennial favorite Spago) and dozens of other ventures worldwide. Puck’s Disneyworld location represents his interests in all their glory by presenting four distinct restaurants in one space: an upscale dining room; a sushi bar and lounge; a casual café; and Wolfgang Puck Express, the chef’s takeout line.
www.wolfgangpuck.com

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 8, 2008

Wolfgang Puck Cafe: Downtown Disney
1482 E Buena Vista Dr
Orlando, Florida 32830
(407) 938-9653

Primo

Restaurant

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Chef Melissa Kelly is very particular about her cooking, lifestyle, and restaurants: Her flagship restaurant in Maine, also named Primo, is open half the year (spring to fall) during the months when the food served can be grown right outside. For the rest of the year, she maintains two restaurants in Florida including this Orlando location. In keeping with her locavore roots, the menu changes daily to reflect the produce grown in the restaurants' gardens. Luckily for all of us, the warm Florida weather keeps these restaurants open year-round.
www.primorestaurant.com

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 8, 2008

Primo
4040 Central Florida Pkwy.
Orlando, Florida
(407) 393-4444

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Todd English, the superstar chef behind the upscale restaurant chain Olives, recently admitted on television that he often forgets how many restaurants bear his name (it was 17 at last count). That said, chef English’s greatest talents do truly lie in his ability to choose great spaces, great menus, and great employees to execute his vision. To that end, chef Chris Windus works the kitchen at Blue Zoo, and has enjoyed tremendous critical acclaim with his inventive yet classic dishes.
http://www.swandolphin.com/bluezoo/index.htm

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 8, 2008

Todd English's Blue Zoo
1500 Epcot Resort Blvd.
Orlando, Florida 32830
(407) 934-1111