Carowinds is upping its food game once again, welcoming executive chef Mitch Weaver. Weaver brings a wealth of experience to Carowinds, coming from the world-renowned Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park, CA, where he served as executive chef. A graduate of the Scottsdale Culinary Institute in Arizona, Weaver started his career at hotels including the Four Seasons, Ritz-Carleton and St. Regis. He served as chef de cuisine at Dodgers Stadium in Los Angeles and for the Jacksonville Jaguars at TIAA Bank Field in Florida, and helped Hyatt International design restaurants with menus that match local cuisines, all natural segues to overseeing the high-quality, large-scale food service at Knott’s Berry Farm.
Weaver succeeds Kris Siuta in the role, who joined Carowinds in 2014 and elevated its menu to include such delectables as house-smoked meats, original recipe barbecue sauce and shrimp po’ boys. A big advocate of embracing regional cuisine, Weaver looks forward to adding to Carowinds’ already strong Southern menu based on Carolina favorites. His tenure at Knott’s Berry Farm sparked a love for taking theme park food beyond the expected.
“My culinary approach is always to match menus to the local market,” Weaver said. “I’m spending time exploring the Charlotte food scene, understanding Carolinas food culture and thinking about how I’ll bring more of that to Carowinds. I love to get creative, but delivering great-tasting food is job number one. I want to see that smile when people taste my food.”
Weaver recently relocated to the Charlotte area with his wife and two teenage boys. He’s an avid outdoorsmen who loves to surf. When he can’t make the hours-long drive to the ocean to enjoy his favorite sport he plans to sharpen his golf game.
I've talked to Chef Mitch about his vision and plan and he's got some great things in store! Keep an eye out for updates on our social channels as we get closer to opening. Having an exucitive chef on staff is just one of the ways we're working to keep Carowinds at the top of the list of things to do in Charlotte.