When I explained to you final thirty day period that Victoria & Albert’s, the jewel in Disney’s eating crown (and named after an individual who truly wore the crown jewels) would reopen July 28. It has carried out.
And alongside with the staff changes I claimed, like a new government chef for the resort and chef de cuisine for V&A – developments that would be major announcements any time – I eluded to decor variations, as well.
Now we know that the overall house has been redesigned to current a “classic, yet modern touch” that pays homage to Queen Victoria’s Jubilee celebration. The decor has been lightened up with mild blues and ivories and even a new crystal chandelier, as you can see in the images – leading is the old design, base is the new. It seems that even the dining home chairs have been specified a refreshing coat and upholstering.
Fortunately, it has not been turned into a casual dining restaurant, as occurred when California Grill went by way of an inside redesign a dozen or so several years ago. It is nevertheless intended to be great eating at its very best, and jackets are continue to required, one of the couple places to eat in the United States – no, the globe – that nevertheless has that policy. The age restriction for little ones – 10 and older – is nevertheless in spot.
As noted formerly, Scott Hunnel, who has shepherded the restaurant virtually due to the fact Working day One particular, now holds the title of culinary director and oversees the meals functions at numerous resort motels. I believe that’s kind of like obtaining the title of chef emeritus.
In advance of the pandemic shut the restaurant, Hunnel had the title of govt chef for the Grand Floridian, home to Victoria & Albert’s. Despite the fact that he served for lots of yrs as the chef at V&A, he had not been the chef there solely for some time.
Kevin Chong now holds the executive chef place at Grand Floridian and Mathew Sowers is the chef de delicacies at V&A, the place very last held by Aimée Rivera. Hunnel recruited Sowers, who advanced to performing on menu growth for the cafe in 2010. Sowers also labored with Hunnel in opening the upscale Remy dining places on Disney cruise ships in collaboration with French chef Arnaud Lallement.
The equipped Israel Perez continues to be as maitre d’hotel and sommelier.
Victoria & Albert’s nevertheless gives 3 eating encounters: the principal dining room the Queen Victoria Place and the difficult to guide chef’s table.