Resort Restaurant Chef
As Resort Restaurant Chef with Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate, Chef Robert Gioia is responsible for successfully running three onsite dining outlets, Trevi’s Italian Restaurant, Piper's Grille at the ChampionsGate Golf Clubhouse, and Croc’s Poolside Grill. During his five years at the resort, Chef Gioia has proven to be a valuable asset to Omni Orlando, bringing 18 years of extensive culinary experience and innovation to the team.
Prior to his role as restaurant chef de cuisine with Omni Orlando, Gioia was hired as sous chef for the grand opening of Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center. During his 11-year tenure with Gaylord Palms, Gioia was promoted to executive restaurant chef and ultimately, general manager for three, high-volume, onsite dining outlets. After his time with Gaylord Palms, Chef Gioia made the daring decision to open his own restaurant, Alfresco, a Mediterranean style restaurant in the Winter Garden, FL area. Robert actively served as owner, operator and executive chef of Alfresco for nearly two years and still maintains his partnership with the restaurant he helped build from the ground up.
Chef Gioia started his career at a young age as a dishwasher and quickly was promoted to head cook by the age of 16. He obtained his Associate in Culinary Arts in 1991 from Schenectady Community College before working with Walt Disney World Resort for eight years as line cook and junior sous chef. Robert pursued his culinary education studying and crafting his skill in Venice, Italy. Chef Gioia always enjoyed how good food made people happy and promoted family-fun gatherings within his own household. His passion for serving others, creating, learning and leading, inspired him to become the chef he is today.