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Disney Chefs Share Grilling Tips for the Summer

Monorail at EPCOT
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Two Executive Chefs at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, FL, are sharing some of their best grilling tips to help take grilled dishes to the next level and make summer cookouts and parties the absolute best they can be.

This summer Chef Marc Kusche, Executive Chef at Space 220 Restaurant, and Chef Takeshi Ikeuchi, Executive Chef at Morimoto Asia, share their favorite grilling tips with Disney fans planning to entertain.

Chef Marc Kusche

Chef Marc Kusche

Credit: Space 220

Grilling Tips from Chef Marc Kusche
  • When choosing the right cut of meat for grilling, always make sure to choose a cut with a good amount of fat.
  • A common mistake people make is making the grill too hot. Take your time when grilling and cook on a slightly less hot surface for longer periods.
  • Use a thermometer to check doneness.
  • Always select a good marinade or rub for your meat! In my hometown in north Germany, we grill a lot of Pork Neck, which is marinated overnight with a lot of smoked paprika and onions.

More About Space 220

Guest dining at Space 220 Restaurant

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Space 220 Restaurant in EPCOT serves upscale, contemporary fare that invites Guests to feel as though they have traveled into the cosmos. Taking visitors on a simulated journey a storied 220 miles above Earth’s surface aboard a space elevator, meals are served inside the Centauri Space Station suspended in orbit, with stunning panoramic views of Earth by day and night.

RELATED: The Best Restaurant at Walt Disney World. Period.

Chef Takeshi Ikeuchi

Chef Takeshi Ikeuchi

Credit: Morimoto Asia

Grilling Tips from Chef Takeshi Ikeuchi
  • Fresh meat grills best!
  • Choosing a quality charcoal for the grill is important, as is arranging the charcoal properly.
  • Resist the urge to open the lid too much when the meat is cooking.
  • Marinades can really elevate grilled meat. One I use includes soy sauce, honey, vinegar, ground garlic, ground ginger, and oil, marinated for at least 30 minutes.

More About Morimoto Asia

Family dining at Morimoto Asia

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Morimoto Asia, located at Disney Springs, is a collaboration with Japanese Master Chef Masaharu Morimoto, one of the most inventive culinarians in Asian cuisine. This pan-Asian destination includes mouth-watering traditions such as Peking duck carving and dim sum.

RELATED: Dining at Morimoto Asia

About Megan Losey

As a Disney foodie, I love writing about Disney food and snacks. Some of my favorites are the Carrot Cake Cookie from Trolley Car Cafe, the Mickey Beignets from Port Orleans French Quarter, and the Apple Blossom from Port Orleans Riverside. When I'm visiting the parks, you can find me on Main Street taking in the good vibe of Magic Kingdom or relaxing with a drink at the Polynesian watching the fireworks from the beach. As a previous Cast Member, I will always have a special place in my heart for the Magic Kingdom, especially Main Street U.S.A.