Scott Hunnel, 47, started his career as a dishwasher in a Chicago restaurant. Today he is at the helm of one of Walt Disney World's most prestigious kitchens. Under his tenure at Victoria & Albert's at the Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, the restaurant won the coveted AAA Five-Diamond award restaurant from 2001-2009, the only restaurant in Central Florida to do so.
Hunnel, who graduated from Chicago's Joliet Culinary Program, has been with Disney since 1989.
"Over the last 20 years it's been exciting to see Central Florida develop into a culinary destination," says Hunnel. "A lot of chefs jump around early in their careers. I have been fortunate to work with an extraordinary team who had the courage and vision to create a fine-dining venue such as Victoria & Albert's."
Hunnel's team pushed the envelope even further with the 2010 opening of Queen Victoria's Room at V&A. With just four tables, it is one of the most exclusive dining rooms in Orlando.
The chef's persistence and drive has paid off. For his work at Disney, Hunnel has been nominated multiple times — including this year — for the James Beard Foundation's "Best Chef South" honor. There are many other accolades, but perhaps the best compliment Hunnel and his team receive daily is a booked high-end dining room and chef's table.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun