New Chef for Animal Kingdom Lodge’s Jiko Announced

The new chef for Jiko – The Cooking Place, the featured restaurant at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, has been announced. Chef Brian Piasecki has previously been head chef at another top Disney World restaurant, Le Cellier at Epcot. But Piasecki has never been to South Africa, the country upon which Jiko’s cuisine is based.

Orlando Sentinel Food Critic Scott Joseph says he’s willing to over look that fact for now. Don’t look for a lot of changes to the menu until Piasecki finds some time to actually travel to South Africa and soak in some of the culture and food. That’s sounds like another 6-10 months or so.

While you’re in the mood for food, be sure to read Joseph’s tour through this year’s Epcot Food & Wine Festival.