Guests can learn the culinary secrets of Disney Chefs with the “Disney Family Culinary Adventure,” according to the Disney Parks Blog. Starting July 8th, guests 9 and older can visit the Contemporary Resort and spend time with Disney Chefs, cook, and enjoy a five-course dinner along with beer and wine (for those 21+, of course) in the kitchen.
The evening adventure starts at 5p.m. with an introduction to the catering kitchen. Capped at 30 guests, they are invited to put on aprons, hats, and gloves before being divided into five groups. Each station demonstrates a technique, ranging from making homemade butter to fresh pasta. Chef Frank Brough notes, “It’s a guided experience but they do everything from making cheese and butter to rolling out pasta and breaking down a whole beef tenderloin.”
According to the Blog, the five stations are as follows:
- Garde manger, is the French term for food produced in the cold kitchen, where guests learn how to make farmer cheese, from-scratch butter, and how to plate a gourmet salad on a rapidly moving electric belt in the professional kitchen.
- Sushi, with sushi chefs teaching the art of rolling sushi and sashimi. (This station may rotate with other culinary ideas.)
- Boucherie, or butcher station, where guests learn how to trim a beef tenderloin to make the perfect filet mignon.
- Pasta, with just three ingredients (semolina, olive oil and egg), guests learn to make tender noodles from scratch, along with fresh basil pesto.
- Patisserie, or bakery, where guests get to play with chocolate, mousse and other sweet endings.
Upon completion of the food prep, which takes around an hour, guests are invited to chat with the chefs and ask questions. Following the prep work and chatting, guests are seated at a long table located centrally in the kitchen to enjoy the prepared five-course meal they prepared, with each course served with wine and beer. Note that there are vegetarian, vegan, and allergy-friendly selections as well. The meal concludes with a molecular gastronomy demonstration, and guests receive a special toque and a Disney cookbook signed by the chefs to take home.
The program is currently offered two evening a week (days vary) and starts at 5p.m. The price is $175 plus tax for adults, and $125 plus tax for ages 9 to 12 (they may have their own cooking station). Disney Resort hotel guests receive complimentary transportation. To book or to receive more information, call 407-WDW-PLAY.