Orlando’s Signature Dish
Culinary Competition

Introducing the Top 10 Finalists for Orlando’s Signature Dish

The Top 10 Finalists (Listed in alphabetical order by the Chef’s last name)

“Honey for Tea”
Executive Pastry Chef Laurent Branlard, bluezoo at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort

“Honey Nougat Glacé”
Chef Catherine Delrieu, Mon Petit Cheri Cafe

“Honey I'm Home”
Chef Gloriann Rivera, 1921 by Norman Van Aken

“Orange Blossom Honey Velvet Cake”
Chef Trina Gregory-Propst, Se7enbites

“Local Honey-Laced 'Baklava' Cheesecake”
Chef Amanda McFall, Urbain 40 American Brasserie & Lounge

“Local Wildflower Honey-Mascarpone Cheesecake”
Chef Bobby Rivera Otero and Chef Jason Stricker, Le Cellier Steakhouse in Epcot

“Honey Peanut Butter Gelato”
Executive Pastry Chef Rabii Saber, Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort

“Honey Orange Cassava Cake”
Chef Henry Sison, Boardwalk Restaurant at The Clarion Inn Lake Buena Vista

“Honeymoon”
Chef Vincent Gagliano, Chez Vincent

“Orange Beehive Cake”
Chef Andrea Zelen & Chef Jenny Herbert, 4 Rivers Smokehouse

Competition Criteria

The dish must be a dessert incorporating local honey as a key ingredient. The competition is open to all Orlando restaurant chefs with a license to serve food. Only one entry is allowed per restaurant.

Why Honey?

Honey is both delicious and of historical significance to Orange County. European honeybees and citrus trees entered the state together nearly 500 years ago. As the citrus trees flourished in the state’s mild climate and sandy soil, so too did the bees. Central Florida has long had an abundance of local crops and plants that contribute to numerous flavors of honey such as gallberry, saw palmetto, blueberry, Brazilian pepper and popular orange blossoms.

Central Florida Beekeeping

In 2016 alone, the state produced 17 million pounds of honey! The popularity of beekeeping and honey has increased in recent years in Central Florida. The number of registered beekeepers in Florida has more than quadrupled in the past decade. About 500 new beekeepers register every year — many in Central Florida.

Timeline

Submissions: Deadline to submit Oct. 8 (Timeline extended due to Hurricane Irma)
  • Original honey dessert creations may be submitted by licensed food service providers throughout Central Florida until Oct. 8.
Voting: Oct. 9–Nov. 9
  • Once an entry is submitted, you’re automatically entered into the competition.  A complete listing of all dishes will be live for voting on Oct. 9.
  • Restaurants may start serving their original honey dessert on Oct. 9 and encourage patrons to vote at VisitOrlando.com/Dish.  
  • Voting ends on Nov. 9.
Finalist Announcement: Second Week of November
  • Visit Orlando will reveal the finalists based on voting results.
Winner Announcement: December 7
  • A celebrity judging panel of experts will narrow down the finalists to one winning dish.
  • Join Visit Orlando’s luncheon event on December 7 for the live announcement.