Aimee Rivera has assumed the title of chef de cuisine at Disney’s estimable Victoria & Albert’s restaurant. She takes over for Scott Hunnel, who is now the executive chef for Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, which is home to the fine dining restaurant.
Hunnel still officially oversees the restaurant. “I have one leg in Victoria & Albert’s and one leg in the Grand,” he said. The new structure for V&A, he said, essentially moved other personnel up a notch.
Rivera, who has been with the restaurant for 14 years, was previously chef. Sous chefs Tom Hill and Matt Sower now hold that title. Hill has been with the restaurant for 21 years. It’s a testament to Hunnel and the way he operates his kitchen that so many staff members have been with him for so long. Chefs, as a group, are fairly peripatetic.