Orlando to Host James Beard Semi-Finalists Announcement in 2014

Orlando's chefs serve up thrill rides for the taste buds

Henry Salgado

Chef Henry Salgado, Spanish River Grill (Photo Credit: Thom Larussa)

Every family dreams of thrilling and magical adventures during their visit to Orlando. But while you're here making your vacation dreams come true, don't forget about your tastes buds. Even they deserve to go on a thrill ride or two!

Chain eateries are a given in Central Florida but spicing up Orlando's dining scene are dozens of jaw-dropping and tummy-pleasing restaurants that offer a variety of delicious options for the most serious of foodies to the most casual of diners.

And the James Beard Foundation (JBF), the culinary industry's premier authority, has cast their eyes on Orlando's food talent as the city will be hosting the first-time ever live JBF Award semifinalist announcement on February 19.

Orlando's Hottest Chefs in One Place

Over the years, the JBF has recognized a handful of top chef talent in Orlando. But now, for the first time ever, all of Orlando's previous JBF Award nominees will combine their flavorful flair to create a locally-sourced and seasonally-inspired dinner at Winter Park's The Alfond Inn the night before the JBF semifinalist announcement. The participating chefs include:

Master of Ceremonies for the dinner will be 1997JBF award winner chef Norman Van Aken of Norman's at the Ritz-Carlton Orlando Grande Lakes.

Why Orlando?

Orlando's quest for foodie nirvana has continued to reach new heights offering everything from farm-fresh feasts ... to delicious laid-back bites ... to gastronomical gourmet. The region's year-round farming and proximity to the state's abundant fresh fish and seafood sources are the biggest benefit to Orlando's chefs. What's more, the city has attracted a growing collection of gastronomically advanced businesses like the recently opened East End Market food hall.

East End Market

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It's easy to see that Orlando is much more than a world-class destination for family fun and magic. It's also a place where dining experiences transform into delicious memories!

Learn more about how the chefs behind Orlando's palate of creative menus are turning up the heat - and are gaining national attention for doing so on our Orlando Districts site.

You and your family are in for a treat because there is something for every food craving in Orlando. Just come hungry!


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