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Celebrating Hispanic Heritage With Planet Hollywood in Disney Springs

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Hispanic Heritage Month begins on September 15th, and here at The DIS, we have been covering everything you can expect to honor this captivating culture. From characters and movies that represent Hispanic storytelling to food and beverages that celebrate the cuisine, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Last week, we took a spotlight look at some of the creative forces at work in the Disney Springs restaurant, Jaleo. This week, we are moving over to Planet Hollywood in Disney Springs to hear from Chef Rafael Chico, Executive Sous Chef, and Daniel Lopez, Senior Bartender and trainer.



Chef Rafael Chico, Executive Sous Chef at Planet Hollywood Disney Springs

Originally from San Juan, Puerto Rico, Chef Rafael Chico moved to the United States at the age of five with no aspirations to advance into a career as a Chef. His first job behind a grill gave Chef Chico the opportunity to find his calling, falling in love with cooking. Fifteen years after starting with Planet Hollywood, the Executive Sous Chef takes on responsibility for everything from ordering and budgeting to managing his fellow staff.

How has your Hispanic background influenced your career? 

In so many ways — especially the food and culture. I always like to keep in mind the Spanish seasonings. I always start with the Spanish style of cooking and then tweak it to fit where I’m working or what dish I’m making. Being able to speak fluently in Spanish in English has definitely helped me in the industry, as well.

Chef Rafael Chico, Executive Sous Chef
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Daniel Lopez, Senior Bartender/Trainer at Planet Hollywood Disney Springs

Daniel Lopez is a Connecticut native who worked his way through the College Program at Walk Disney World before settling into a hospitality role at Planet Hollywood as a server. Lopez worked his way through the ranks, now managing inventory and staff behind the bar as well as taking on training duties along the way.



How has your Hispanic background influenced your career? 

My Hispanic background comes from my grandparents who moved to the Bronx, New York, from Puerto Rico. Family is so important within Hispanic culture. I personally remember growing up and visiting my dad’s side of the family every Sunday to eat various Spanish foods after going to church.

Daniel Lopez, Senior Bartender/Trainer
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Have you been to Planet Hollywood in Disney Springs?

Zoë Wood is a travel writer from Sydney, Australia. Since her first visit to Disneyland at the age of 6, she has spent her years frequently visiting Disney Parks and traveling around the world.

Join Zoë as she lets you in on all the tips, tricks, anecdotes, and embarrassments that arise from her family adventures.













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