kusche marc 2Marc Kusche, who successfully turned around the culinary program at the Alfond Inn at Rollins, has left that Winter Park hotel to become the executive chef at Lake Nona Country Club.

According to Christopher Giannone, Alfond’s assistant general manager, the hotel, which is owned by Rollins College, has narrowed its search for Kusche’s replacement to two candidates. He said their search has included candidates locally and abroad, with experience in hotels or country clubs a key factor for consideration. The hotel’s executive chef oversees all culinary functions, including the critically acclaimed Hamilton’s Kitchen restaurant.

Giannone said that the offer to Kusche from Lake Nona Country Club was too good to pass up, and that he leaves under good conditions. “ We appreciate and are thankful for his endeavors at The Alfond and wish him and his family the best,” Giannone said in a message. “He was not only our Chef, but our friend as well.”


Rosen College logoThe University of Central Florida’s Rosen College of Hospitality Management has been ranked number five on CEOWORLD Magazine’s 2015 list of the Top 50 Hospitality and Hotel Management Schools in the world.

The Cornell School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University was ranked number one, followed by William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration, University of Nevada at Las Vegas; the School of Hospitality Business, Michigan State University; and Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne, Switzerland.

According to a press release from UCF, “The ranking was based on a global survey of 18,000 hospitality recruiters and senior managers of luxury hotels around the world.”

Of the top 10 on the list, seven were U.S. schools. Here’s link to the complete list.


Ocean Sun opening tanks

Ocean Sun Brewing, Central Florida’s newest microbrew, officially opened to the public Monday. It occupies part of the space that had been home to Southern Moon Smokehouse, the barbecue restaurant whose initial intent was to have also been a brewery, though that never came to fruition, unless you count root beer. No one counts root beer.

Actually, Ocean Sun uses a space that was next to the restaurant that never had been fully developed. The former Southern Moon restaurant space will be a restaurant once again when La Fiesta, the Mexican restaurant currently slinging refried beans in a smaller space across the street, moves in. Although Ocean Sun does not have its own kitchen, it will offer items from La Fiesta’s menu to its beer-drinking patrons.


Jens DahlmannThere's been another shakeup in the top culinary talent at Walt Disney World Resorts. Jens Dahlmann, Epcot food and beverage general manager, is leaving Disney to become the vice president and corporate executive chef for Darden Restaurant's Longhorn Steakhouse brand.

Dahlmann previously was Epcot's executive chef overseeing the annual International Food & Wine Festival and other events. He has been with WDW for 12 years.

Just recently, Tim Keating, executive chef at Flying Fish Cafe, abruptly left the company shortly after a planned closing of the restaurant for renovations. Also, Brian Piasecki left California Grill and Phillip Ponticelli stepped away from the Citricos kitchen. Both took other positions with Disney.


Divas bucatini

Though tempting, it's probably not a good idea to down a big 'ol bowl of pasta every night. So it's time to get smart – you can have your noodles and slurp them with a yummy tweak or two.

Thinly sliced cabbage is the perfect playmate for noodles, seared to a slight crisp, caramelized in shimmering olive oil and garlic. Mixed with hearty bucatini, you get your carb fix, but in a smaller serving. Uncork a crisp white or a fruity red and say “cheers” to the new, buca-teeny you.