Delving into the vibrant and rich culinary tapestry of Terralina Crafted Italian is Executive Chef Claudio Daggio, whose journey from the warm, multi-cultural kitchens of his Italian-Mexican family to Florida’s bustling restaurants is nothing short of a flavorful adventure. Daggio, 38, intertwines his diverse cultural background with a contemporary and eclectic cooking style, etching his own mark on the culinary world.
Born in Mexico City, Daggio and his family relocated to Orlando in September 2000, drawn by its picturesque nature, cultural mélange, and tranquil beauty that had become familiar and loved during their yearly vacations. This setting became a catalyst for Daggio, not only enhancing his appreciation for varied cuisines but also nurturing his burgeoning culinary talent.
Chef Daggio’s educational trajectory led him to the MID Florida Culinary Institute. However, he attributes much of his learning to the invaluable experiences and teachings shared by a multitude of great chefs he has been fortunate to work with, embodying a myriad of cultures and culinary styles. He also admires esteemed culinary virtuosos such as Masaharu Morimoto, Grant Achatz, Massimo Bottura, Ferran Adria, and Enrique Olvera, who have significantly influenced his culinary philosophy and techniques, weaving through his own creations in the kitchen.
Crafting experiences for his guests is at the heart of what Daggio loves about the hospitality industry. He views each dish as a unique, multidimensional piece of art that guests can visually appreciate, savor, and indulge in, every sense engaged and invigorated. His cooking style elegantly fuses modern methodologies with Mediterranean and Latin influences, paying homage to his vibrant cultural roots.
Leading the Terralina Crafted Italian team is, to date, Daggio’s proudest career accomplishment, reflecting his passion and dedication towards curating unparalleled Italian culinary experiences for every guest who walks through its doors.
Kate Harrelson handles private events and group sales as Director of Sales for Levy Restaurants’ Disney Springs properties: Paddlefish and Terralina Crafted Italian. Harrelson’s previous experience includes coordinating large, high-profile events during major sports industry championships and tournaments such as Super Bowl LI, the Men’s US Open and the NBA All-Star Weekend. During her trip to the Super Bowl, Harrelson served as event manager at an off-site event that served more than 50,000 people in just four days.
“My first job when I was 13 was working at a restaurant, and I’ve been hooked ever since,” said Harrelson. “Working my way up in the industry throughout my teenage and college years has given me a well-rounded understanding of the operations and the business side of restaurants. I’m so thrilled to continue growing in my career at one of the most prestigious restaurant groups in the country.”
The University of Central Florida graduate most recently served as Events Sales Manager for The ONE Group’s STK Orlando, which is also located at Disney Springs.