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MouseStation 255 - Epcot Executive Chef Jens Dahlmann

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This week, Mark interviews Epcot Executive Chef Jens Dahlmann, formerly of the Flying Fish Cafe and the California Grill. We also have some listener feedback and an announcement about a chance for you to beam up to the MouseStation with us.

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Featured topic: Epcot Executive Chef Jens Dahlmann

In this week's feature, Mark interviews Epcot Executive Chef Jens Dahlmann, formerly of the Flying Fish Cafe and the California Grill.

Jens first gave an overview of how the chef positions work at Walt Disney World. As Executive Chef at Epcot, he now has several Chefs de Cuisine, several Chefs, around 30-35 Sous Chefs, total culinary staff of 350 CMs under him in the hierarchy. With the new position, he can no longer have a hands-on approach, but it's an even bigger challenge to teach and inspire chefs de cuisine and chefs to strive for perfection. He also talked a bit about what sort of responsibilities he has in his new position.


Epcot Executive Chef Jens Dahlmann. Photo © Disney.

Next, Jens gave an overview of his career, from growing up in Germany with a chef father and master pastry chef grandfather, up through the ranks at various hotels and cruise lines to landing the Sous Chef position at Le Cirque 2000 in New York, to running his own restaurant and then finally his career at Walt Disney World.

Jens then talks about his first three weeks in the new job and how he's made it through a time of challenging responsibilities just after he took the job.

Thanks to Jens Dahlmann for joining us on the show. Special thanks to Benjamin Thompson for setting up the interview.

What do you think? Let us know by sending us an email or calling our toll-free feedback line (1-866-939-2278)!

Win a copy of Creating Magic!

We'll be giving five hardcover copies of Lee Cockerell's new book Creating Magic away to MouseStation podcast listeners and five hardcover copies to MousePlanet readers. To enter the listener contest, send an email to the podcast with a subject line of "Creating Magic" and give us your ideas on how we can create more magic on the MouseStation podcast. Entries must be received by October 27, and the winners will be announced in the November 4 episode of the podcast. Books will be awarded randomly to five email entries. One entry per person, please.

Listener Feedback

Paul Schnebelen wrote in to thank Andrew for the great job that he's doing, but to note that end ending of the Last Week on MousePlanet segments is very confusing.

Tracey from Indiana called in to say that she's excited about the possibility of a MousePlanet-hosted Kim Possible Showcase Adventure during MouseFest.

Cathy is also excited about the possibility of MousePlanet hosting a meet at MouseFest where everyone would play the Kim Possible Adventure.

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Wrapping up

We've put together a new listener survey to help us learn more about you and what you like most about this podcast. This one is much more targeted than the old Podtrac survey. Please take a few minutes to fill it out and let us know what you think.

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