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Roy is Alhambra’s new executive chef

Executive Chef DeJuan Roy, previously the executive chef at 95 Cordova in St. Augustine, joins the Alhambra Theatre & Dining and brings with him his own staff, including Sous Chef Christine Seely and Pastry Chef Cheryl Sheppard.

Chef DeJuan will lead the Alhambra into its next new era. By preparing meals in its own kitchen—newly renovated and designed by Chef DeJuan—with its own dedicated staff, managing partner Craig Smith feels the food will be consistent, fresher and more creative. Having its own kitchen and staff also provides the Alhambra an opportunity to host special events such as luncheons, fundraisers, corporate outings, weddings and parties. In the near future, Chef DeJuan expects to add to the Alhambra’s regular menu items such as appetizers, desserts and even upgraded dinner selections. Most importantly, having Chef DeJuan and his team onsite will allow the Alhambra to better match special dietary needs and requests.

Chef DeJuan brings nearly 20 years of culinary experience. He is a graduate of the Cooking and Hospitality Institute of Chicago and received specialized training at Central Texas College in Europe. He honed his international hospitality expertise in kitchens from Europe to Chicago, creating banquet menus and dining concepts for private clubs, AAA Five-Diamond and Mobil Five-Star restaurants and inns.

“The opportunity to work alongside Craig Smith, and help him fulfill the dreams of the North Florida community by keeping this iconic theater alive and vibrant is exciting to me and my family.  It is rare for a chef to have the chance to create an entirely new culinary experience every six to nine weeks, and we are all excited. My goal is create a more refined culinary experience to go along with the Alhambra’s exceptional shows. That’s going to bring even more value to the entire guest experience. From service to food, we will be the best dine-in theater in the country.”

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