Disneyland’s longest continuously working cast member (that’s what Disneyland calls its employees) is this Latino chef who was born in Brownsville, Texas, moved to Arkansas when he was around nine years old, then moved to California in 1956 and got hired at Disneyland just one week later.
This is Oscar Martinez, but most people know him as Chef Oscar.
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Oscar started working at Disneyland in Anaheim on December 29, 1956 as a busboy.
In 1967, he became a cook at the Carnation Café on Main Street, U.S.A.
One of my chef inspirations; Chef Oscar Martinez. He's been working for Disneyland for as long as it's been open. He is a little Disney celeb for his delicious food (seriously beyond delicious food?) and charismatic attitude. So much respect to you Oscar! Hope I get to meet you my next trip! ????? #carnationcafe #chefoscar #disneychef #oscarmartinez #mainstreet #mainstreetusa #disneyland #cooks #foodsofdisneyland #foodofdisneyland #chefs #inspiration #chefsofinstagram #disneyland60 #disneyparks #greatfood #bucketlist #disneylife #disneygram #culinaryarts #disneylandcelebs
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It’s safe to say he fell in love with his job, because he’s been there ever since.
He’s a Disneyland icon with a dish named after him.
Oscar’s Choice: All American Breakfast was named to honor Chef Oscar and it includes his favorite breakfast potatoes.
People love to stop by Carnation Café to snap pictures with the chef who has his own hashtag: #ChefOscar
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He still spends time in the kitchen, but most of the time he’s greeting and seating guests in the patio. And taking pictures, of course.
He’s 81 years old and has no plans to retire.
“No, I’m not ready for that yet. I’m not ready for retirement. I don’t want to talk about it because it’s way off,” he told ABC Action News. His work ethic is goals!
To honor his 60 years at Carnation Café, Disneyland made a one-of-a-kind custom statue for him.
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The Cinderella-themed statue features Oscar’s likeness and has an inscription that reads “Thank you for helping to tell our stories for 60 magical years.”
WARNING: You’re about to fall in love with Chef Oscar.
Oscar Martinez, the longest tenured cast member at the Disneyland Resort, recently celebrated his 60th service anniversary! You can visit him at Carnation Café on Main Street, U.S.A. where “Oscar’s Choice” is a popular dish. Check out this video to see Oscar’s service award, created just for him at Walt Disney Imagineering!
Posted by Disneyland Resort in the Community on Thursday, January 19, 2017