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Meet Chef Christine Weissman, New Executive Chef for Both Parks at the Disneyland Resort

posted on August 17th, 2012 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


If you’ve been to the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, or sailed with Disney Cruise Line, chances are you’ve seen Chef Christine Weissman – a flurry of energy as she spent her days keeping an eye on all things food and drink.

After 12 years on the East Coast, you’ll now see Chef Christine spending time with her chefs at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure parks, where she says she’s working “to always improve our guests’ dining experience.”
Chef Christine Weissman, the New Executive Chef for Both Parks at the Disneyland Resort

She got her start on the opening team at Disneyland Paris, then headed to Walt Disney World Resort for stints at Seasons Dining Room at the former Disney Institute; as the specialty chef in the Biergarten Restaurant at Epcot; chef de cuisine of catering at Disney’s Contemporary Resort and Magic Kingdom Park; executive chef of Epcot; and executive chef of Disney Cruise Line.

Christine Weissman is also a certified Master Chef (Meister Pruefung I.H.K.), and is certified at Level One by the Court of Master Sommeliers.

Her love of cooking started as a child in Bielefeld, Germany, where her family owned a restaurant. She started out as a dishwasher, then learned culinary skills from her father and grandmother. Her favorite kitchen gadget still is a spaetzle board, an old-fashioned way of making German soft egg noodles. “I like to make spaetzle the old fashioned way, ‘scharped from the board,’” says Christine. “I often do this with my daughters at home.”

When we asked her favorite part of being a chef, she quickly answered, “every day is a new adventure, and I love to share my knowledge and skills with my team and watch them develop their own culinary abilities.”

And she says she loves interacting with guests, “creating experiences that they will remember for years to come.”

When she’s taking a rare break from the Disney kitchens, Christine still loves a taste of home – her favorite dish to make is a comforting potato pancake with smoked salmon and a drizzle of sour cream.

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6 Comments

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Christopher on August 17th, 2012 at 9:34 pm

welcome aboard Chef… hope to see some of that German influence brought into the parks here on the West Coast. Would love to have something German at some place like Village Haus ^_^

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Robert from FL on August 17th, 2012 at 10:29 pm

I’ll be at the Disneyland Resort in early December though I’m typically a east coast Disney World patron. I’m a big foodie though, is there is a particular location where I might be able to sample some new menu items or inspiration from Chef Christine on my trip?

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Paula on August 18th, 2012 at 4:35 pm

Welcome Chef Weissman! Looking forward to new menus and ideas at Disneyland and California Adventure.

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Stevie-lyn from NY on August 19th, 2012 at 10:18 am

My husband and I were so fortunate to meet Chef Christine on one of our many trips to Florida…We were supporting a friend looking for character work with Disney and got stranded at the casting building behind Animal Kingdom. There to pick up and drop off some wardrobes, Chef Christine was nice enough to offer us a ride to Kidani Village and back to park transportation! I am for certain that if she cooks anything like the kind and generous person that she is, then she is just one WONDERFUL chef!!

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Nancy on August 20th, 2012 at 7:01 pm

Welcome, Chef Christine! :) Disneyland Resort has made tremendous strides in the past few years with improving food quality at the parks and introducing unique and interesting new menu items. I applaud the desire and effort to elevate theme park dining from burgers and chicken fingers to fried green tomato sandwiches with sweet potato fries, beef with spicy Korean sauce, and all the wonderful new dishes at Flo’s V8 Cafe. I look forward to seeing how your vision will be carried out and hope to see the trend of quality and innovention continue. I am with fellow fan Christopher in hoping to see your spaetzle and other German-inspired dishes at Village Haus – wienersnitzel and a brat sampler plate perhaps? :)

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Heather on August 23rd, 2012 at 5:23 pm

We frequent Ariel’s Grotto and Wine Country Trattoria for the dining packages (character and World Of Color). SO EXCITED to hopefully finally have some new choices!! Also, hoping to get some more healthy options on the extremely limited kids menu at the Carthay Circle Restaurant :-) WELCOME!

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