Space 220 Executive Chef Steps Down Weeks Before Expected Opening at EPCOT

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In space, no one can hear you cook. Or rather, there won’t be any cooking noises coming from the Space 220 galley if they don’t find a new Executive Chef soon. With just weeks before the restaurant’s expected opening, the planned Executive Chef has stepped down, and based on recent Patina Restaurant Group job listings, it appears the space crew is scrambling for a captain.

Here’s a look at the current job listing, given the recent vacancy:

Mission Control invites you to join the crew at Space 220 for an expedition like no other. The planets have aligned for you to be a part of the latest cutting-edge and out-of-this-world restaurant. Help ensure a smooth departure as guests blast off to enter the International Space Station suspended 220 miles above the Earth’s surface and assist in delivering an unmatched intergalactic dining experience. With stellar views and gourmet menu offerings, Space 220 is truly “The Height of Dining.”

We are looking for a talented Executive Chef who can reinterpret classics and dazzle guests with unexpected touches, while keeping in line with the Patina standards of scratch cooking and unparalleled execution.

Former Maria & Enzo’s Ristorante and Enzo’s Hideaway Tunnel Bar Executive Chef Theo Schoenegger, who was set to become head chef for the Space restaurant, has returned to Wynn Las Vegas to reprise his position as Executive Chef of Sinatra, the resort’s Forbes Four Star restaurant.

Patina Restaurant Group will still operate the new restaurant, and they’ve developed a menu that features internationally-inspired cuisine, more than 1,000 bottles of the world’s finest wines, and a wide selection of craft beer to be housed in their very own “Space Cellar”. Much like the International Space Station (ISS), the restaurant will also be manned by an international crew.

Currently no other listings are posted for the restaurant, but given the current timeline for the project, things should be progressing at lightspeed.

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When a Chef decides to come back to Las Vegas? It tells me the Chef used this Team Disney Orlando stunt as a bargaining chip …. and went right back to Las Vegas as soon as they got what they wanted (a raise, more control of the menu, etc) 🤔 Team Disney Orlando must not be paying enough, and wants too much control of the menu, without trusting the Chef to come up with their own ideas (ie this would be like telling Wolfgang Puck ” we pay you less to put what we want on the menu ” ,… Read more »

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David D Franzen

When a high-level executive leaves a corporation, the management/board typically has multiple candidates already being groomed for the position. You never see a public advertisement for the open position. I would apply that same logic to this role.

If anything, this gives Disney a publicly visible reason to delay the opening and finish the interior (that we all know is behind schedule).

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Bob from Toledo

Listen he just missed having In and Out Burger. And who can blame him!