Meet the man behind new Disney Springs restaurant STK Orlando, Chef James O’Donnell

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Chef James O’Donnell is no stranger to the kitchen.

The man has two decades of experience under his belt, and his career has taken him around the globe in 10 different cities. So it goes without saying that his new role at STK Orlando in Disney Springs will be a perfect fit when it opens this summer.

According to Disney Parks Blog, about 20% of the menu items at the new restaurant will be exclusive to the Disney Springs location. This includes Florida grouper, chilled rubbed rack of lamb and seared tuna, as well as signature dishes including bite-sized “Lil BRGs” made with Wagyu beef, lobster mac & cheese, high-quality steaks, seafood and decadent desserts. I can’t wait to dig in for myself!

The blog also had a nice little interview with O’Donnell about his plans for what is sure to be delectable dining experience:

What’s something new you plan to bring to the local culinary scene?
We plan to bring a fine-dining experience, showcasing the high-energy atmosphere along with great food and service we have become known for.

What is your first impression of Central Florida’s food scene?
The food scene in the Orlando and greater Central Florida area is on a steady rise due to increasing guest demand for sophisticated dining, and STK is excited to be a part of that continued growth.

Will you incorporate the farm-to-table trend at STK? If so, do you plan on getting any ingredients from Central Florida-based or Florida-based farms?
I am looking forward to growing my relationships with local vendors and purveyors to utilize the resources that are available in the area, especially seasonal fruits, produce and seafood.

How will STK Orlando compare to your other locations?
STK Orlando is going to be one of our largest locations at about 15,000 square feet, with both indoor and outdoor seating. We will feature new dishes specific to Orlando like our Florida grouper, as well as signature STK dishes fans know and love.

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