Chef Scott Hunnel, Master Pastry Chef Erich Herbitschek, MaÃ®tre dâ€™HÃ´tel Israel Perez and their team have been awarded their 13th AAA Five-Diamond Award for Victoria & Albertâ€™s at Disneyâ€™s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. View attachment 11720 View attachment 11718 View attachment 11719 Of 28,000 restaurants reviewed, only 53 have earned five diamonds â€“ and a mere 21 have had that distinction for 13 or more consecutive years. â€œHaute cuisine at its bestâ€ defines the AAA criteria. Add cutting-edge menus, the finest ingredients and â€œfood prepared in a manner thatâ€™s highly imaginative and uniqueâ€ and youâ€™ve got the extraordinary combination that defines a winner. But beyond the kitchen, the maÃ®tre dâ€™ must lead an expert service staff â€œthat exceeds guest expectations by attending to every detail in an effortless and unobtrusive manner.â€ View attachment 11721 Thatâ€™s a tall order, and Victoria & Albertâ€™s manages to wow guests every single night of the year with a fabulous â€œContemporary-Americanâ€ menu and refined touches such as Italian Sambonet silver, fine Royal Doulton and Wedgwood china, and Italian Frette tablecloths (hung, not folded, to avoid creases). Women get a small stool for handbags and a rose to carry home â€“ and if youâ€™re chilly, theyâ€™ll offer a cashmere wrap.