Emeril's Tchoup Chop Unveils New Chef De Cuisine, Menus, Cocktails, Renovations

It's a new decade at Emeril's Tchoup Chop. The upscale Asian-Polynesian eatery from renowned chef Emeril Lagasse recently launched several updates to the 11-year-old restaurant, including a new chef de cuisine, Ryan Vargas, and general manager, Andy Vaughn, updated lunch and dinner menus featuring dishes from a brand-new Japanese robata grill, a renovated sushi bar with expanded sushi offerings, a fresh cocktail menu, revamped interior decor, and happy hour specials. Located inside Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando Resort, Tchoup Chop offers a one-of-a-kind dining experience and Lagasse's unique twist on flavors from the Pacific Islands.

The highlight of the restaurant's kitchen updates is the new robata grill, a traditional Japanese grill that sears meat, seafood and vegetables at up to 1,000� F, allowing dishes to maintain their natural juices and flavor. Tchoup Chop is one of only two restaurants in Orlando to use the unique and rustic grilling method. Guests may order small dishes from the robata menu as sides with an entr�e, as appetizers to share with the table, or with several selections from the menu as an entr�e, choosing from options such as Japanese Eggplant with a chili mint sauce, Pork Belly Tocino and Lemongrass-marinated Chicken Wing with spicy chili sauce.

"I absolutely love Asian-inspired cuisine, and with Tchoup Chop's new menu we wanted to diversify and update our dishes for today's palate, including healthy, lighter options with our signature bold flavors," said Emeril Lagasse, owner and executive chef of the restaurant. "Chef Vargas' diverse experience in island cuisine, along with our top-notch culinary and service teams, will continue to offer a truly special dining experience for our guests from the moment they step inside the restaurant."

Highlights from Emeril's Tchoup Chop updates include:
� New management team, including chef de cuisine Ryan Vargas and general manager Andy Vaughn
� Japanese robata grill and special grill menu
� Expanded sushi offerings and space at the Food Bar to watch sushi chefs working
� Updated lunch and dinner menus, featuring new classics like:
o Schimi-spiced Mahi Mahi over coconut-spinach luau risotto
with lomi lomi tomatoes
o Hibachi Skirt Steak with Okinawa smashed potatoes, wild mushroom "poke" and Asian Chimichiri
o Hawaiian Malasadas with lilikoi and haupia custards
� Revamped classic and signature cocktail menus
� Daily happy hour at the outdoor Tiki Bar with food and drink specials
� Interior d�cor and kitchen renovations, including a floral mosaic in dining room
o (Watch a time lapse video of the mosaic installation.)

About Emeril's Tchoup Chop
Emeril's Tchoup Chop (pronounced "chop-chop"), located at 6300 Hollywood Way at the Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando Resort, opened in 2002 as chef Emeril Lagasse's second restaurant in Orlando. The name "Tchoup Chop" is a play on New Orleans' famous Tchoupitoulas Street, where Emeril's Restaurant is located, and the bold culinary term "chop." The restaurant provides complimentary valet parking for lunch and dinner, accessed through a covered drive at the Royal Pacific Ballroom entrance. Tchoup Chop serves lunch daily, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and dinner daily from 5-10 p.m. Happy hour is served daily from 5-8 p.m. at the outdoor Tiki Bar. For reservations, call 407-503-2467 or visit online at EmerilsRestaurants.com/Emerils-Tchoup-Chop.

About Emeril Lagasse
Chef Emeril Lagasse is the chef/proprietor of 13 restaurants in New Orleans, Las Vegas, Orlando, Bethlehem, Pa. and Charlotte, N.C. As a national TV personality, he has hosted more than 2,000 shows on the Food Network, and is the food corres