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Meet Disneyland Resort ‘Pie Man,’ Chef Jean-Marc Viallet

“Eat dessert first” is our mantra, especially when we’re at the Disneyland Resort and we have the opportunity to dig into any sweet created by Executive Pastry Chef Jean-Marc Viallet.

Apple-Cheddar Pie Created by Disneyland Resort Executive Pastry Chef Jean-Marc Viallet Cherry Pie Created by Disneyland Resort Executive Pastry Chef Jean-Marc Viallet
Chocolate Mud Pie Created by Disneyland Resort Executive Pastry Chef Jean-Marc Viallet Strawberry Rhubarb Pie Created by Disneyland Resort Executive Pastry Chef Jean-Marc Viallet

His latest creations are the fabulous mini-pies served at Flo’s V-8 Café in Cars Land – we love the strawberry-rhubarb, but won’t pass up the apple-cheddar or chocolate mud pies. Chef Jean-Marc confesses that creamy chocolate desserts are his favorite to prepare, and that his mom’s gooey chocolate cake is one of his favorite childhood memories. He says he remembers helping her in the kitchen in Paris, France, when he was just eight years old, and he started culinary school and working in a pastry shop by age 16.

His sweet career has taken him around the globe and he landed at Disneyland Resort in 1999 as executive pastry chef. His very first sweet for the parks was a Mickey cookie – and the rest is history, as that cookie was the springboard to a job that includes design, development and production of 90 percent of the desserts and baked goods at the Disneyland Resort (except for Napa Rose Restaurant and some catered events).

Disneyland Resort Executive Pastry Chef Jean-Marc Viallet

Now he and his team (of 100!) at the Disneyland Resort Central Bakery use more than 90,000 pounds of flour, 80,000 pounds of sugar, 80,000 pounds of chocolate, 165,000 fresh eggs and 66,000 pounds of fresh butter each year to create everything from those bite-size pies at Flo’s V-8 Cafe to elaborate wedding cakes.

By the way, Chef Jean-Marc tells us if he wasn’t a chef he’d be an actor or singer – but for now he lets his delicious sweets play the starring role.

What’s your favorite sweet at Disneyland Resort?

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  • links…even official disney links are not allowed…but may I suggest using your favourite search engine…to search for d23 strawberry rhubarb…not search on this page though…the recipe is not on the disneyparks blog…enjoy!!!

  • I have searched for hours now..on the blog and on disneyparks youtube…i can’t find the rhubarb pie recipe anywhere 🙁

  • The apple cheddar pie is awesome!! The food at Flo’s is great. Can’t wait to have more. See you Oct 18-21. TTFN

  • I love the food at Flo’s V8 Cafe! The pies are great!

  • YUM!! Cannot wait to try these when we are there in September! Counting down the days!

  • Would Chef Viallet consider sharing the recipes for the mini pies? They look delightful and I would love to give them a try at home.

    • We shared the rhubarb pie in an earlier post. Use search button and should be able to locate!

  • I have to say, I absolutely love the desserts—and just about every other food!—Disneyland has to offer, but I do have one big complaint about the mini-pies: They’re MINI!!!! Bigger pies, pleasssssssssse!!! There’s no such thing as too much pie. There is such a thing, however, as not enough pie.

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