Program Summary

APPLICATIONS FOR THE CULINARY ARTS PROGRAM AT THE WALDORF ASTORIA ORLANDO AND SIGNIA BY HILTON ORLANDO ARE COMPLETE FOR NOW.

 
On this duo program, culinary arts candidates will have the opportunity to work at BOTH the Waldorf Astoria Orlando and the Signia by Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek properties. These properties are situated side by side, nestled within Walt Disney World
 
This hybrid program means candidates will swap between the two properties within their regular rotations and experience all areas of culinary operations in both properties.
 
 
 
 
 
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On this culinary arts training program, you will closely follow a unique training plan to ensure that you are exposed to all areas of Culinary Operations at the Waldorf Astoria Orlando and Signia by Hilton Bonnet Creek right next door.
 
  • Garde Manger
  • Banquets
  • Pastry
  • Meat/Grill station
  • Restaurant supervisor
 
Employees on this program will also receive $3 meals during working hours, participate in the Team Member Travel Program, and use the Perks at Work discount program.
 
Individuals on this program will be guaranteed a minimum average of 32 hours of work per week across the Program in accordance with the J1 visa guidelines.
 
Participants on this program will be required to obtain a J-1 Intern or Trainee visa through Yummy Jobs and will be able to train for a period of time as outlined by Waldorf Astoria Orlando/Signia By Hilton. Upon completion of the program, participants will have up to 30 days to travel within the United States. Participants must then return to their home country upon completion of the program.

 

Experience Culinary Arts training at Waldorf Astoria Orlando. Discover an elegant oasis surrounded by the Walt Disney World® Resort. Our refined Orlando luxury resort offers an ambience of stylish sophistication with celebrated amenities and impeccable personalized service. At our official Walt Disney World® Hotel, guests receive special benefits, including Disney Early Theme Park Entry and complimentary transportation to Walt Disney World® Theme Parks and Disney Springs®. Forbes 4-star rated hotel.
 
Waldorf Astoria Orlando is home to Bull and Bear. Savour a menu of re-imagined classics and trendsetting modern fare at our award-winning steakhouse. Bull & Bear is renowned for tableside preparation and the highest service levels, with a team of sommeliers delighted to choose the perfect wine for your meal. Aquamarine: Dine poolside on burgers, flatbreads, wings, and casual favourites with your favourite frosty beverage at Aquamarine, our open-air restaurant. A menu of kid-friendly dishes is available, including chicken fingers, pizza, and grilled cheese. Oscar’s: Begin your day with an elegant take on breakfast cuisine. Order a la carte dishes such as our signature eggs Benedict, or choose from a buffet of fresh pastries and breakfast favourites prepared at chef-attended stations.
 
 
 
Signia by Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek: Signia by Hilton is a new brand that offers a premium experience like no other in iconic cities and sought-after resort destinations across the globe. Signia by Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek and the adjacent Waldorf Astoria Orlando boast 12 restaurants and lounges, each with its own unique personality, inviting décor, and distinctive menu. From casual bites to fine signature dining, enjoy some authentic flavors of Florida! Signia by Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek is surrounded by Walt Disney World® Resort. World-class shopping, arts and entertainment venues, and the best of Orlando's exhilarating attractions are all within a short drive of the hotel. Signia by Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek is home to an innovative distinctive dining experience, boasting spectacular outlets and bars, each with its own vibrant personality, inviting décor, and distinctive menu. No matter what type of cuisine you seek, you’ll find a dining style perfectly suited to your taste, coupled with top class service and an ambient atmosphere.
 
Bernard Fiemeyer, Executive Chef
Waldorf Astoria Orlando & Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek

With experience in Japan, Thailand, France and the US kitchens, Chef Bernard Fiemeyer brings his passion for international cuisine to his current position as executive chef at Waldorf Astoria Orlando and Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek. Chef Fiemeyer manages culinary operations for the property’s 1499 guest rooms and 13 dining venues, including signature restaurants Bull & Bear and La Luce, while also managing the food and beverage program for the hotel’s significant meeting and banquet business. As executive chef since the hotels opened in 2009, he plays a pivotal role in the property’s renowned culinary program, earning the Waldorf Astoria Orlando and Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek top honors in food and beverage excellence.

Having curated a team of 22 talented culinary experts, Chef Fiemeyer’s greatest joy comes from training, mentoring and collaborating with this team to help them hone their skills and rise through the ranks. A believer in food evolution, he constantly challenges his chefs to develop new approaches to their work with a focus on crafting elegant dishes for the hotel guests while continuing to produce ahead-of-trend menu items. While the majority of his day is spent in operations, Chef Fiemeyer makes an effort to stay in touch with the most basic element of his position – the food itself – by obtaining locally-sourced, fresh ingredients and ensuring his team creates the highest quality dishes and the best combination of flavor profiles for the hotels’ menus.

Educated at College Louis Armand in France, Chef Fiemeyer began his career as sous chef at Tokyo Bay Hilton where he worked his way up to executive sous chef. He continued his international career as executive chef at both the Hilton International Bangkok and Hilton Arc De Triomphe, before his most recent position as executive chef at The Drake Hotel in Chicago, overseeing all kitchen operation, budgeting and restaurant concepts. Chef Fiemeyer made a name for himself as a purveyor of culinary excellence at the helm of numerous diverse restaurants and as a leader in streamlined banquet operations. Despite his vast experience in kitchens worldwide, Chef Fiemeyer is continually looking for new inspiration, and his mastery of this insatiable curiosity is the key to his success.

 

Dannilo Zapatel Herreta, Executive Sous Chef
Signia by Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek

Born and raised in a small beach town in the north of Peru called Pacasmayo. His passion for cooking started when he was very young, always watching his Grandma prepare all kinds of dishes. 

Chef Dannilo graduated from Le Cordon Bleu University in Peru with a degree in Culinary and Gastronomy Arts, and moved to the USA in 2007 at the age of nineteen where he started his culinary journey. He has been working for almost 13 years at Signia by Hilton Bonnet Creek. Getting to work with great and talented people became his daily inspiration. 

Hi started working at Marriot Orlando World Center as a prep cook and moved up to lead cook from 2007 to 2010, then moved to the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek where his career started in La Luce Restaurant as a cook I, promoted later to a Supervisor position and then a Restaurant Chef from 2010 to 2016. From 2016 to 2018 was promoted as Bull and Bear Restaurant Chef at the Waldorf Astoria Orlando, and from 2018 to 2020, got promoted to be the Chef de Cuisine at Harvest Bistro at the Hilton Bonnet Creek, where he was also in charge of the operation of Room Service, Beech Pool Restaurant and Muse Grab & Go. In 2020 was promoted to Executive Sous Chef for Hilton, where later in years the hotel transitioned into Signia by Hilton, where he was part of the development of the team and opening of the first Signia in the portfolio. 

All the teams that he has worked with at Bonnet Creek have helped him to create and shape his own leadership style. He is very grateful for all those experiences and excited to see what the future holds for his career on this great company. 

Housing for this program is self-sourced by the candidate. Yummy Jobs will be able to provide support, guidance and resources on finding suitable accommodation. 

Participants on this Program will be offered a 14 night stay on property at the start of their Program, including 3 meals daily *

*subject to change

 
INTERVIEW PROCESS
  • Applicants will be required to attend a pre-screen interview via video call with a member of the Yummy Jobs Team.​
  • If successful, applicants will be required to attend a final interview with The Waldorf Astoria HR Team via  video call. 

 

The Waldorf Astoria offers a $3000 sponsorship for this program, this means that successful candidates only need to pay the $1,000 commitment fee.