Chef Luis J. Negrón was born and raised on the Caribbean island of Puerto Rico in the city of Ponce, the birthplace of the world famous Don Q Rum. Inspired by his family and TV Chef Martin Yan of the show Yan Can Cook, Chef Luis decided to move to Florida to pursue a career in Culinary Arts.
After graduating from the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, he worked in several restaurants in South Florida, as well as a restaurant owned by Celebrity Chef Douglas Rodriguez in New York City. His experiences in NYC contributed greatly to the knowledge and techniques Chef Luis implements in his kitchen today. In 2005, he moved to Orlando to work for Loews Hotels, where he focused on their numerous restaurants within the Universal Orlando properties. Today, he is the Executive Chef of the destination restaurant Mingos, located at 100 S. Eola Drive, Suite #105 in beautiful downtown Orlando.
Mingos is a fast growing chain of restaurants, specializing in classical dishes prepared using locally-grown fresh ingredients with Chef’s unique touch in every creation. From steaks and sea food, to salads and desserts, menu items are designed to please every palate. Stop by for their Sunday Brunch, voted Best Brunch in Orlando by OpenTable Diner’s Choice Awards.
If you find yourself in the Thornton Park area, come meet Chef Luis and his staff at Mingos. With amazing food, attentive staff and friendly atmosphere, I guarantee your first visit there won’t be your last.
Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville is located in Universal City Walk in Orlando, Florida. If you are looking for great margaritas, island-inspired dishes, and live entertainment, you are in the right place. From a live band on stage to an acoustic guitar on the terrace to a stilt walker making balloon hats for the children, young and old alike will enjoy the relaxed, family-friendly atmosphere.
Featuring Jimmy Buffett tunes, an airplane replica, and an erupting volcano, Margaritaville was voted 2014 Best Theme Park Restaurant by Orlando Weekly Best of Orlando.
Executive Chef Daniel Murray has been with Margaritaville since 2005, where he enjoys working with his team. We had a chance to sit down with Chef Daniel and learn more about his background and experiences.
The Landshark Lager Fish & Chips are hand dipped in Landshark batter, fried and served with jalapeño tartar sauce, French fries and cilantro lime coleslaw. The crispy batter and fresh fish makes this dish one of my personal favorites.
You should also try the show stopper Volcano Nachos with house-made tortilla chips topped with chili, cheese, fresh guacamole, sour cream, jalapeños, tomatoes and scallions. This mound of Nachos is a great appetizer to share.
Of course, margaritas are featured on the bar menu, voted Best Bar Menu by Orlando Sentinel Foodie Awards 2013.
Don’t forget the award winning Burgers in Paradise, voted 2014 Best Burger by Orlando Magazine.
On August 19th, Rosen Hotels and Resorts welcomed to their family a new restaurant, Harry’s Poolside Bar & Grill located at the Rosen Centre Hotel. Harry’s was named after the grandfather of founder Harris Rosen. Harry’s has a casual, relaxing atmosphere. Chef Emeterio “Tello” Luna was instrumental in creating the Caribbean-inspired menu.
On August 9th, 38 Chefs, including Food Network celebrity chef Melissa d’Arabian, along with 2,000 attendees have raised over $300,000 in the 25th Annual Taste of the Nation Orlando. All of the proceeds from the event are going to help end childhood hunger in Central Florida, benefiting Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida and Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida.The Coalition will use the funds to provide food, shelter and services to more than 150 children and their families each night in the coming year. Second Harvest will direct the funds to Benefits Connection, one of their primary feeding programs.
What a successful event! Thank you to everyone who participated – all of the chefs, sponsors, volunteers and guests! For more information on how to become a part of this great cause, please visit www.tasteofnation.org/orlando.
We visited one of the oldest steakhouses in Orlando, Christner’s Prime Steak & Lobster, formerly known as Del Frisco’s, located at 729 Lee Road in Orlando. Opened in 1993, this fine dining experience is known for its meticulous service and fabulous steaks.The family owned and operated restaurant is legacy of founders Russ and Carole Christner.
Keeping the tradition, guests are still warmed by Christner family members in the dining room. On any given day you can find Carole, Russ’ wife and the next generation of the Christner family, David – son of Russ- and wife, Alice, greeting familiar faces of the many repeat customers. We spoke with Alice Christner about the restaurant’s history and future plans for Christner’s.
Chef Zoli Davis began his career at Christner’s at the age of nineteen. In our interview, he speaks about becoming a chef.
Homemade delicacies set the pace – each meal begins with piping hot bread and personal touches continuing throughout, from the salad dressings to signature desserts such as the award-winning Mandarin Orange Cake. Each ingredient is carefully selected with a serious focus on beef – every serving is the U.S.D.A. Choice. Attention to detail doesn’t end there, cold water lobster tails are imported from Australia and New Zealand and the restaurant boasts a wine portfolio of more than 5,500 bottles.
As the old adage goes, what’s old is new again, and in the case of Christner’s Prime Steak & Lobster, they get better with age.