Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort Announces New Executive Chef

The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort has promoted Dan Herman to executive chef.

Executive Chef Dan Herman of the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort

Herman began his career at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort nearly 20 years ago in 1999 and has since played a vital role in the resort’s culinary success. He has developed multiple training and development programs and was instrumental in creating the resort’s Food & Wine Classic. Herman also helped expand the food and beverage scene at the resort, overseeing the openings of several critically acclaimed restaurants, including Il Mulino and Todd English’s bluezoo, recognized by USA Today as a Top 10 Foodie Spot.

Herman initially joined the resort’s culinary team as a restaurant chef. Two years later, he was promoted to complex banquet chef and in 2006 was named executive sous chef.

Before joining the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin culinary team, he was chef de cuisine of Arthur’s 27 at Wyndham Palace Resort and Spa in Orlando.

As executive chef, Chef Herman will oversee all culinary operations of the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort’s 17 food and beverage outlets, banquets and staff of more than 200.

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Debra Martin Koma wrote about food, travel and lifestyle issues for a number of local and national publications before she fell in love with Walt Disney World on her first visit — when she was 34! She's returned to her Laughing Place more times than she can count in the ensuing years, and enthusiastically shares her passion with readers of AllEars.Net and AllEars®. Deb also co-authored (along with Deb Wills) PassPorter's Open Mouse for Walt Disney World and the Disney Cruise Line, a travel guide designed for all travelers to Walt Disney World who may require special attention, from special diets to mobility issues.

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