Taking the elements of farm-to-table cuisine and his research into health and nutrition, Sit is building a dining plan for the new theme park that will reflect the local landscape and savvy sustenance.
"We are sourcing all our beef from the local area," says Sit, 47.
"It wasn't a difficult decision. It's the right thing to do. The farm-to-table movement is as important to us as it is too many of our guests."
Sit's team is promoting local produce as well. Legoland menus will reflect fresh seasonal items as much as possible throughout the year. In addition to ripe watermelons, corn and tomatoes, the theme park is featuring locally produced spices and herbs as well.
All of this will come together at 11 dining stops in the Polk County attraction. From quick-service to table service, the menus run the gamut from snacks such as funnel cakes to entrees incorporating Asian-fusion.
For the most part, park kitchens will be open, allowing guests to watch their food being prepared and experience what Sit describes as the "high energy" of his team.
"Our aim is healthful, theme-park cuisine," he adds.
"We want to have options for parents and children. It's all about choice and balance."
Menus do have a number of indulgences such as fried foods, but Sit says compared to similar vacation destinations, Legoland has fewer deep-fryers fueling meals.
The chef is promoting healthier items such as salads, wraps, fresh fruit, milk and low-guilt snacks.
Affordable food is also a key part of the Legoland culinary strategy with menu items ranging from $5.49 to $9.99.
"We know guests must travel a long way to Legoland Florida and some of those tourists come here at great personal expense," he says. "These are difficult times. Hopefully keeping the food experience budget-friendly will keep them coming back."
Sit studied at the Orlando Culinary Academy and did post-graduate studies in nutrition, diet and health. He has worked at the Gaylord Palms resort and most recently at Orlando's Waldorf Astoria.
Gone are the crisp white linens and fancy crystal associated with Central Florida's large upscale hotel complexes. Sit's new world has more colorful placemats and traveling sippy cups. But he's never felt more at home.
"We want the local economies to feel a sense of ownership to Legoland," says Sit. "And our menus are just one way we will make that happen."
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