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Nov 1, 2012
Coaster Crew did a very nice interview with Chef Paul at Kings Dominion. There was some interesting tidbits thrown out by Chef Paul about the upcoming Haunt Dinners and a little on 2015 (nothing too specific at this point). Seems to be a nice guy. The interview was a tad drawn out and the audio of Chef Paul was a little muddled. Hard to hear him a couple times.

Anyway, Chef Paul talks a little about his background, what he cooked as part of his park interview (a little drawn out in this part of the interview). Things he dabbled in so far this year: food prep and serving at The Country Kitchen, cupcakes, and Bistro 75. This year was more focused on getting familiar with the park, existing food service, and food locations.

I did get a good feeling as far as where Chef Paul wants to take the park's food service. There is not too much he can discuss right now as the park is still in the planning and discussion phase for 2015; but, he did throw out a couple "bones to gnaw on" for the Haunt and off-season.

There will be dinners cooked by the Chef for Haunt and they will have a Halloween theme. The dinners will be held in the Caprise Room (park's VIP dining room). I thought Chef Paul said the room could hold 30-40 folks. It will be a 3 or 4 course meal held right before the Haunt starts at 7:00 pm. Details will be released on the park's web site in the near future.

For 2015:
1. Will be bringing in more culinary oriented folks to run and manage the parks food service locations.
2. More scrutiny in selecting next years food vendors/suppliers during the off season.
3. Looking into more ethnic types of food to serve next year.
4. Fresher food ingredients and better proportions. Wants to kick everything up a notch. (Sorry, nothing he can do about the high food prices. Wants to give you the best he can for the price you pay).
5. With the water park renovation/expansion next year. He wants to take the food service up a notch for those who rent cabanas next year. Sounds like Bistro 75 level service/food exclusively for cabana renters.

Other stuff is in the works for 2015, he just cannot talk about that yet as the 2015 food plans are not yet finalized and approved.

Kings Dominion's Chef Paul Interview
Feb 9, 2013
I think I see great things coming from this chef. The one thing that stands out to me most about him, is that he really does think anything is possible, and he will persue every idea to make the culinary experience at KD better, no matter how crazy it sounds.

When we did the #forscience taste testing of the Asian food this week at BGW, we also got to talk to the executive chef, he was very nice to talk to, and took all of the feedback we threw at him. But out of the blue, Nicole proposed a really cool idea, and it was a little far-fetched, and he looked at Nicole like she was crazy, and there was no response, most likely meaning it was never going to happen.

I feel that if Nicole proposed her idea to KD's executive chef he would take it into consideration in a heart beat, because it was a truly fantastic idea. I feel that His what seem to be impossible ideas, will work, and they will put KD over the top.


avid coaster enjoyer
Sep 20, 2013
It's possible Nicole! Talk to the head of culinary at Epcot. But the problem is it wouldn't be profitable enough. When I go to BGW in the summer the last thing I want is a hot drink. And guest don't want to waste 30 minutes drinking tea. They would rather ride roller coasters. (I would still want too visit it.) But I could easily see that for Christmastown and in the fall for HOS maybe in the back half of Grogans. The best way to get the parks attention is to write a handwritten letter.
Feb 9, 2013
It's talk like that Connor, that has gotten BGW into it's current on-slot of a mediocre culinary reputation. It's also talk like that, that KD is dis-proving, by doing the impossible, because yes it is possible. I guess you didn't read my post.
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Getting aHEAD of myself
Advisory Panel
Feb 12, 2011
Scrapping an idea because "people would rather ride coasters" is not the kind of mindset you want for a theme park.
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Jul 22, 2013
Arlington, VA
I think maybe it is time for a full concept thread for this idea. I'll add it to the list. In the meantime, lets not clutter up this thread.
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