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Two-Time Food Network Champ Joins Kings Island as New Executive Chef, Park introduces new restaurant, Coney Bar B Que

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Two-Time Food Network Champ Joins Kings Island as New Executive Chef

Park introduces new restaurant, Coney Bar B Que

MASON, Ohio – A two-time winner of the Food Network's Chopped reality TV cooking contest and contestant on Alton Brown’s Cutthroat Kitchen, James Major, has taken on the executive chef position at Kings Island.  Major is a Culinary Institute of America Certified Pro Chef II, a U.S. Navy veteran, and Ohio native. He previously served as executive chef at Great American Ball Park and Funky’s Catering.

“Kings Island has always been a place where family memories are made,” Major said. “It’s an honor for me and my team to have the chance to be creative and provide great food experiences that add to those memories and the fun guests have during their visit.”

“In the amusement park industry you’re constantly challenging your team to find new ways to help friends and family come together, and the culinary experience is a big part of that” said Mike Koontz, Kings Island Vice President and General Manager. “Chef Major is here to help create those memorable food and dining options throughout the park that will enhance the guest’s visit.”

New Restaurant to Open in Coney Mall

Kings Island also is adding the new Coney Bar B Que to the park’s restaurant line-up.

This new fast-casual dining location will offer various barbecue favorites including smoked St. Louis-style ribs, pulled pork, rotisserie chicken and Queen City Sausage along with a fresh selection of side dishes.  The location is included in the park’s dining plans.

Located in the Coney Mall area of the park, next to the Scrambler, the restaurant’s architecture and theming will pay tribute to the early days of Kings Island and Coney Mall.  Covered outdoor seating areas will feature views of Coney Mall and the Grand Carousel.  The restaurant will open on April 14, the beginning of the 2018 season. Gold Season Passholders will get a sneak preview on April 13.

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