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Here are the Orlando Awardees of the 2022 MICHELIN Guide – Florida- PLUS an Interview with Gwendal Poullennec, International Director of MICHELIN Guide

Parents, mentors, friends and family cheered on local Orlando, Tampa, and Miami chefs this evening as the first ever Florida Michelin Guide were announced at the Ritz-Carlton, Grande Lakes Orlando Resort. Looking over the list, I was proud of our city as the quality and expertise of our local restaurant scene has undoubtedly improved these past few decades, rivalling restaurants I've tried in major cities including New York City and LA. There were so many others who would just...

Knife Burger by Chef John Tesar opens poolside at JW Marriott, Grande Lakes Orlando

Did you know there is a new pool-side burger concept now open at JW Marriott, Grande Lakes Orlando resort? Three-time James Beard “Best Southwest Chef” semifinalist, Top Chef season 10 contestant and head chef of the Ritz-Carlton Grande Lakes Orlando's Knife & Spoon, John Tesar, recently brought to Orlando a new concept called Knife Burger, located poolside at the JW Marriott. Knife Burger is bringing some of the best tasting patty in town, sourcing beef from high-quality, Texas raised cattle including...

Liberty Weekend Food and Wine Experience at Hemisphere at Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport – June 18, 2022

Ever want to dine a four-course special dinner on the balcony inside the Orlando International Airport (MCO) while listening to the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra play live? In celebration of Independence Day, the Liberty Weekend patriotic concert at the Orlando International Airport (MCO) in partnership with Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport and Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra is back for the first time since 2019 this Saturday June 18th! To accompany this event, the Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport is hosting a...

Catching up with Hien and Huong, Owners of Z Asian – Vietnamese Kitchen after their MICHELIN Guide Bib Gourmand Award

Last week, Z Asian- Vietnamese Kitchen was awarded the coveted MICHELIN Guide Bib Gourmand in the first ever MICHELIN Guide for Florida, one of 7 restaurants in Orlando to be awarded this honor. There's issues with the MICHELIN Guide, as with any system that judges restaurants based on criteria partially created over a century ago. But still, it is an honor, and hopefully with more nudging the guide will continue to reform. I read the Michelin Inspector's review of the restaurant...

Woman goes on anti-Asian racist rant against Orlando King Cajun Crawfish employees in Mills 50 District

A little over 7 Years ago, we partnered with local NPR affiliate 90.7 WMFE to do a story on the local Vietnamese owned businesses in Orlando's Mills 50 District. We met with Ha Nguyen, owner of King Cajun Crawfish of Orlando, who talked to us about leaving Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina destroyed her restaurant of 10 years to rebuild here in Orlando. A woman hurled racist, anti-Asian slurs at the employees at King Cajun Crawfish this week after being unhappy...

Inside Look: Primo at JW Marriott, Grande Lakes Orlando Resort – Summer 2022 – New Renovations and Interview with Chef de Cuisine Eric Petrie

Did you know that Orlando is home to a restaurant founded and led by the first female chef to win the James Beard Foundation Awards' Best Chef twice? Almost twenty years ago, Primo by Chef Melissa Kelly opened right here in Orlando at JW Marriott Grande Lakes Resort, inarguably jump-starting the local farm to table movement in our restaurant industry with organic ingredients sourced not only from local farms but also right onsite at the Primo Garden and Whisper...

Inside Look: Four Flamingos – A Richard Blais Florida Kitchen – at Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress Orlando, Florida plus Interview with Chef de Cuisine...

Did you know there is a restaurant in Central Florida featuring molecular gastronomy techniques? It's called Four Flamingos - A Richard Blais Florida Kitchen - at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress just outside of Disney Springs. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Orlando Food & Travel Guide (@tastychomps) Four Flamingos is an immersive dining and drinking experience reminiscent...

New York Style Chicken and Rice at The Halal Guys in Lake Mary and Orlando, Florida – Plus Catering!

 New Yorkers and friends of New Yorkers in Central Florida! Ever miss that chicken and rice with white sauce from The Halal Guys cart? Well - now you can get a taste here in Central Florida in two locations - East Orlando and Lake Mary!   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Orlando Food & Travel Guide (@tastychomps) The Halal Guys’ journey began in 1990 with their three Egyptian founders who first sold halal food from the cart in NYC to...


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