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Culinary Director

Job Summary: At Disney, we‘re storytellers. We make the impossible, possible. We do this through utilizing and developing cutting-edge technology and pushing the envelope to bring stories to life through our movies, products, interactive games, parks and resorts, and media networks. Now is your chance to join our talented team that delivers unparalleled creative content to audiences around the world.

“We create happiness.” That’s our motto at Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. And it permeates everything we do. At Disney, you’ll help inspire that magic by enabling our teams to push the limits of entertainment and create the never-before-seen!

The Disneyland Resort Food & Beverage team is seeking a Culinary Director to lead the integration team which focuses on creative concept development, standards, metrics and tools for future food and beverage products and experiences. This culinary leader will lead the development cycle by partnering closely with culinary subject matter experts, operations and stakeholders. Responsibilities:
  • Facilitate dialogue and decision making that effectively balances operational needs and inputs with the creative strategy
  • Build effective partnerships across the broader organization to leverage efforts and drive growth
  • Provide leadership, development, support and motivation for salaried and hourly cast
  • Oversee concept proposals, project plans and timelines through effective influence and collaboration with partners
  • Identify, drive and monitor consistent culinary and beverage standards
  • Oversee creation of new product and presentations, development of menu changes and seasonality presentations, incorporating best-in-class ideas, cultural influences and maintaining world-class quality and innovation
  • Conduct taste tests, menu reviews and solicit guest and cast feedback to ensure the highest quality and unique culinary experiences
  • Enable financial goals (or objectives or success) by providing standards, metrics and tools to achieve food and beverage cost of sales, including inventory processes
  • Ensure adherence to compliance standards of the Walt Disney Parks and Resorts
  • Responsible for effective communication and collaboration with direct reports, peers, vendors, and executives
  • Enable creation of competitive food and beverage offerings that advance the brand and drive business results
  • Design and oversee logistics planning and efficient processes
Basic Qualifications:
  • Ability to gather and organize information relevant to a long-range goal or vision
  • Proven business acumen with strong financial and analytical skills
  • Proven leadership experience focused on partnering, influencing, educating, mentoring and developing others
  • Demonstrated passion and commitment to diversity and inclusion, including inviting diverse perspectives, fostering an inclusive work environment and supporting workforce diversity
  • Ability to lead a multifunctional business, balance and prioritize multiple projects in a rapidly changing environment, and demonstrate integration within and across all lines of business
  • Proven experience in influencing operational partners and stakeholders at all levels
  • Demonstrated strong organizational, planning and time management skills
  • Proven ability to communicate across all levels of the organization (oral and written)
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Ability to work in a dynamic team environment with a commitment to excellence
Required Education
  • Associates Degree in Culinary Arts or formal Apprenticeship Program or equivalent
  • Minimum seven years of culinary experience leading a culinary management team including diverse, high volume operations
  • Extensive knowledge of food and beverage industry trends in a variety of styles of service, including quick service and fine dining
Preferred Education
  • Advanced Degree in Culinary Arts/ Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in Business Administration
  • Advanced training in food and beverage
  • Food Safety Certification
Additional Information:©Disney is an equal opportunity employer. Drawing Creativity from Diversity.
About Disneyland Resort:

When Walt Disney opened Disneyland on July 17, 1955, he said he hoped it would be “a source of joy and inspiration to all the world.” Since then, the Disneyland Resort has welcomed more than 800 million guests, expanding to become an approximately 500- acre, multifaceted, world-class family resort destination, complete with two renowned Disney theme parks, three hotels and the exciting shopping, dining and entertainment area known as Downtown Disney District. Through a combination of creativity, technology and innovation, the resort brings storytelling to new heights, and Disneyland Resort cast members play an integral part in bringing that Disney magic to life for thousands of guests every day.

About The Walt Disney Company:

The Walt Disney Company, together with its subsidiaries and affiliates, is a leading diversified international family entertainment and media enterprise with the following business segments: media networks, parks and resorts, studio entertainment, consumer products and interactive media. From humble beginnings as a cartoon studio in the 1920s to its preeminent name in the entertainment industry today, Disney proudly continues its legacy of creating world-class stories and experiences for every member of the family. Disney’s stories, characters and experiences reach consumers and guests from every corner of the globe. With operations in more than 40 countries, our employees and cast members work together to create entertainment experiences that are both universally and locally cherished.

is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status. Disney fosters a business culture where ideas and decisions from all people help us grow, innovate, create the best stories and be relevant in a rapidly changing world.