Les Chefs De France
AddressFrance Pavilion, Epcot
Walt Disney World
CityLake Buena Vista

Most of the visitors to the signature restaurant in Epcot's France pavilion (Bistro de Paris, a smaller eatery, is upstairs) are oblivious to the fact that one of its owners is not only one of the most famous chefs in the world but is arguably its first celebrity chef.

Ironically, his name is not on the restaurant, Les Chefs de France. Even more ironic is that Paul Bocuse became famous because, in 1965, he was the first chef to put his name on his restaurant outside Lyons.

Before that, chefs were no more than hired kitchen help. Restaurants were owned by the maitre ‘d or the hotels where they were located.

So it could be said there would be no celebrity chefs, no show kitchens, no such thing as “Top Chef” and no one would give a flip what Gordon Ramsay had to say if Paul Bocuse hadn’t done what he did 44 years ago.

On a recent visit my guest and I started with two classics: cassoulette d’escargots de Bourgogne au beurre persille (translation: snails) and assiette campagnarde, an assortment of pates and charcuteries. The half-dozen snails were baked in a small casserole, each in its own impression, with garlic butter and parsely. They were firm but... Read more

Urbain 40
Address8000 Via Dellagio Way
Scott's Review
Urbain 40 is a chic and classy brasserie at Dellagio Plaza in the Restaurant Row district. The atmosphere is classic French style. The food was, too, when it first opened. But now under the direction of chef Tim Keating (formerly of Flying Fish Cafe), it's more of an American bistro than French. The food is OK. ... Read more