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  • Disney Chef Who Created Jiko and Boma Restaurants to Accept Buyout

    Dieter Hannig, the lead chef who raised the bar for foodies at the Walt Disney World Resort is among the executives accepting buyouts as Disney reorganizes management in the parks.

    Disney World top chef takes buyout
    Jason Garcia | Sentinel Staff Writer 9:55 PM EST, February 26, 2009

    The man who has led the development of new restaurants at Walt Disney World for more than a decade is stepping down.

    Dieter Hannig, Disney World's vice president for new food-and-beverage concepts, said earlier this week that he will leave the resort at the end of March.

    "I'm sad to say goodbye," Hannig said. "But you know, we must be willing to let go of the life we had planned in order to have the life we have waiting for us."

    Hannig, 59, accepted one of the buyouts that Disney last month offered to more than 600 executives across its domestic theme-park division, as the Burbank, Calif.-based media-and-entertainment giant cuts costs amid a deepening global recession.
    Hannig has overseen the development of dozens of new restaurants at Disney World over the years. Critics credited him with elevating the resort into a top dining destination in the early 1990s, when he began encouraging executive chefs at Disney restaurants to run their eateries as if they owned them.

    The German-born chef said his fondest projects included developing the California Grill atop Disney's Contemporary Resort and creating the African-inspired Jiko and Boma in Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge.
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    Re: Disney Chef Who Created Jiko and Boma Restaurants to Accept Buyout

    That's unfortunate. I wish him well in his future endeavors.
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