Send your group on the dining adventure of a lifetime with a tour of celebrity chef-owned eateries in Orlando.
Celebrity Chefs at Walt Disney World® Resort
When it comes to celebrity chefs, no Orlando dining district has more of them than Disney Springs™ at Walt Disney World Resort. Check out the famous faces who are creating unforgettable dining experiences at this walkable, outdoor venue.
Chef José Andés’ Arroz Caldosa de Bogavante at JALEO at Disney Springs in Orlando
José Andrés at JALEO and Pepe
Andrés has been named one of Time magazine’s “100 Most Influential People” and awarded “Outstanding Chef” by the James Beard Foundation. Now, he’s brought his talent to Disney Springs’ West Side with the biggest, boldest JALEO yet! Also new to Disney Springs is Pepe by José Andrés. The first brick-and-mortar version of Andrés’ famous food truck, it serves hot and cold Spanish-style sandwiches next door to JALEO.
JALEO offers special menus and private party spaces for groups, as well as talented staff who can help you create a unique event. The restaurant has banquet capacity for 550 guests and can host receptions for up to 625 attendees.
Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto of Morimoto Asia in Orlando
Masaharu Morimoto at Morimoto Asia
Morimoto has picked up numerous accolades in his nearly 40-year career, including several winning appearances on Iron Chef. Located in The Landing at Disney Springs, his namesake eatery invites you to partake in a culinary journey across Asia. Late-night revelers will also want to visit the eatery’s Forbidden Lounge, serving cocktails and a limited menu until 2 a.m. nightly.
Offering sweeping views of the restaurant, Morimoto Asia’s second floor is perfect for large receptions, and intimate dining experiences can be created in one of four private rooms that seat up to eight guests each. What’s more, the full venue can accommodate as many as 600 guests.
Chef Art Smith’s Fried Chicken at Homecomin’ Florida Kitchen in Orlando
Art Smith at Homecomin’ Florida Kitchen
Smith is a two-time James Beard Award winner and sixth-generation Floridian who’s appeared on popular cooking shows like Top Chef Masters and BBQ Pitmasters. Paying tribute to his home state’s rich agricultural heritage and farm-to-table freshness, his restaurant is located in The Landing at Disney Springs.
In addition to private rooms for smaller parties, Homecomin’ Florida Kitchen has a maximum reception capacity of 500 guests, and maximum banquet capacity of 230 guests.
Chef Tony Mantuano’s Bucatini With Clams at Terralina Crafted Italian in Orlando
Tony Mantuano at Terralina Crafted Italian
Together with Executive Chef Justin Plank, the James Beard Award-winning Mantuano serves crafted Italian cooking with genuine flavors at this eatery, located in The Landing at Disney Springs. In addition to dishes from the hearth, they serve hand-tossed pizzas, calzones and fresh vegetables baked in wood-burning ovens.
Terralina Crafted Italian has a wide range of options for meeting attendees, too. Choose from group dining, semi-private spaces or a full restaurant buyout to accommodate 20 to 300 guests.
Guy Fieri’s Bacon Mac-n-Cheese Big Bite Burger at Planet Hollywood in Orlando
Guy Fieri at Planet Hollywood and Chicken Guy!
Looking for Flavortown? Head to Disney Springs’ Town Center! A New York Times-bestselling author and Emmy Award-winning television host, Fieri doesn’t oversee Planet Hollywood’s entire menu, but the iconic restaurant does feature a signature line of burgers and sandwiches created by the colorful chef. And at the quick-service Chicken Guy!, you can chow down on all-natural sandwiches, salads and sides made with Fieri’s off-the-hook flare.
Planet Hollywood also has extensive room for guests — including groups as large as 3,000 with a full venue buyout. Semi-private spaces have room for groups of 15 or more, and private functions for 75 or more attendees can reserve dedicated space within four floors of space.
Rick Bayless at Frontera Cocina
In addition to notching up eight James Beard Awards in his career, Bayless is known for television hits such as Mexico — One Plate at a Time and Bravo’s Top Chef Masters. Located in Town Center, this restaurant is as notable for its design elements as its authentic Mexican fare.
Frontera Cocina is a great place to spice up a group event. What’s more, special group menus are available for large parties of 15 or more people.
Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill and Wolfgang Puck Express
The Marketplace at Disney Springs offers not one, but two chances to sample Puck’s legendary creations. The newest, Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill, features a Mediterranean-influenced menu and ambience inspired by California. Nearby, Wolfgang Puck Express serves mouthwatering breakfast, lunch and dinner bites for visitors on the go.
Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill has numerous options for groups, starting with room for 18 guests at the Chef’s Table. Additionally, the pizza bar has room for up to 35 guests, the outdoor patio can handle up to 50, semi-private dining rooms have capacity for 75, the main dining room can take up to 220, and the entire restaurant has room for as many as 450.
Chef Todd English of Todd English’s bluezoo in Orlando
Disney Springs isn’t the only place to find celebrity chefs at Walt Disney World Resort. Visit the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort for another famously delicious option!
Having appeared on such TV programs as Cooking Under Fire and Food Trip, the stylish and entertaining English teams with Chef Christopher McDonough for this eatery. Boasting chic ambience, Todd English’s bluezoo combines the freshest seafood and global coastal cuisine with an unforgettable atmosphere.
This restaurant has private dining options for smaller groups, and it can accommodate up to 200 guests via a full buyout.
Celebrity Chefs Throughout Orlando
Walt Disney World has the lion’s share of Orlando’s celebrity chefs, but it doesn’t have all of them. Here are some more famous faces that make Orlando a tasty travel destination.
Chef Roy Yamaguchi’s Ebi Roll at Roy’s Restaurant in Orlando
Roy Yamaguchi at Roy’s Restaurant
The winner of multiple awards, Yamaguchi has appeared on countless TV series, including Iron Chef, Hawaii Cooks and others. Featuring inspired bites and enticing cocktails, this eatery is located on Orlando’s famed Restaurant Row, just minutes from Universal Orlando Resort™ and SeaWorld® Orlando.
Roy’s Restaurant offers a number of private dining menus and meeting packages. It can accommodate as many as 220 guests in a banquet capacity, or up to 400 for a reception.
Primo by Melissa Kelly at JW Marriott Orlando, Grande Lakes
A Culinary Institute of America graduate, Kelly is also a two-time James Beard Award recipient. When her original Primo in Maine closes in the winter, she can often be found overseeing operations at the famous eatery’s location at JW Marriott Orlando, Grande Lakes. Like its namesake, Orlando’s edition serves Mediterranean cuisine using local, organic ingredients. In fact, they even have their own onsite herb garden!
Primo is good to go for group dining, too. The restaurant has banquet capacity for up to 250 guests, and reception capacity for 175 attendees.
Outdoor Dining at Norman’s at The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes
Norman Van Aken at Norman’s
A homegrown celebrity chef with a dedicated fan base, Van Aken is the only Floridian inducted into the James Beard list of “Who’s Who in American Food and Beverage.” Imbued with Floridian, Latin, Caribbean and Asian flavors, Van Aken’s New World cuisine can be sampled at Norman’s at The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes.
Norman’s has plenty of options for meeting groups, starting with a semi-private Wine Table with room for 14, surrounded by the restaurants wine cellars. You can also opt for a private dining room with space for 36, The Terrace for a 110-person dinner or 200-person reception, or the main dining room, which can seat 200 or host a reception for up to 400.
Cover image of Chef Masaharu Morimoto at Morimoto Asia courtesy Patina Restaurant Group; Mickey Mouse © Disney.