Disney Hires Patrick Callarec as Aulani Executive Chef

Ama Ama Beachside Restaurant Concept Art

Aulani, Disney’s new Hawaiian resort, will open in late 2011 in Ko Olina, Oahu, with Chef Patrick Callarec at the helm of Aulani’s dining establishments.

Honolulu Magazine is reporting that the chef — trained in France and a veteran of the Four Seasons and Ritz-Carlton hotels — has worked extensively in Hawaii; his resume includes a Hale Aina award for the French cuisine at his very own Chez Paul in Maui.

Chef Patrick Callarec

Chef Callarec will likely be spending most of his time in the Ama Ama Beachside Restaurant, which, according to Imagineer Joe Rohde, “won’t look like a new building. It will look like we found the family home of some fishermen on the site and refurbished it. It will look organic, as if it grew up here.”

Disney recently found and hired Callarec from the Ritz-Carlton in San Francisco. He is currently planning menus and hiring a staff.

Thanks to @jrriddle for the heads’ up on this story!


  1. says

    It’s really great that they are hiring a head chef with lots of experience. It’s also interesting that they are allowing him to hire the staff, which probably means he will be pulling people from his previous work establishments.

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