Victoria & Albert’s at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa is making headlines this week with nominations in two categories for a James Beard Foundation Award, and an upcoming feature on “Emeril Florida,” Emeril Lagasse’s new show on the Cooking Channel.
“What an honor to be nominated,” says Chef Scott Hunnel. Hunnel is up for Best Chef South, and the restaurant is nominated for Outstanding Service. Considered the “Oscars” of the food world, the Beard Awards are the highest honor for food and beverage professionals working in North America.
Chef Scott and his team source the freshest ingredients from around the world, highlighting seasonal finds from Florida. Servers and sommeliers cater to guests’ every need, delivering on the legendary service for which Disney is known.
Finalists will be announced on March 18, determined by a panel of more than 600 judges from across the country. Winners will be announced on May 6 at an awards ceremony held in New York’s Lincoln Center.
In the meantime, watch for Chef Scott on “Emeril Florida,” the new Florida-based television show on the Cooking Channel. The segment airs at 10:30 a.m. on March 10 (and will be repeated several times) and features Emeril and Chef Scott in the beautiful Queen Victoria Room at Victoria & Albert’s.
“We talk about the three dining options at the restaurant [the main dining room, Queen Victoria’s Room and Chef’s Table in the kitchen] and about how we source rare products, both globally and locally,” says Chef Scott. “And I show how to make a dish featuring both global and local ingredients: bison and Florida oranges.”
Congrats to Chef Scott and his team for making Disney a leader in the culinary world.