Disneyland’s longest employee, Chef Oscar Martinez, retires – Orange County Register

ANAHEIM — Chef Oscar Martinez, the longest tenured employee at Disneyland Resort, retired today, Sept. 27.

The 81-year-old has worked at the theme park for 60 years. He’s been a chef at Main Street, U.S.A.’s Carnation Café chef since 1967.

A Disneyland spokeswoman said Martinez “looks forward to traveling, visiting family and hopes to find time to relax.”

Martinez could not be reached, he was at a private party being held for him on Main Street, U.S.A.

Martinez is known as the chef of Disneyland’s popular breakfast, “Oscar’s Choice,” served with his signature potatoes, and in recent years as the ambassador of the Carnation Café.

Most mornings the enthusiastic Martinez, wearing his signature white chef hat, could be seen greeting and engaging visitors with a warm smile, a handshake and asking a series of questions about how their day was or if they were having a good time.

Born in Brownsville, Texas, and raised in Arkansas, Martinez moved to California with his now wife, Shelly Anne.

With no formal cooking experience, Martinez started his career as a busboy at Disneyland’s Fantasy 1 restaurant in 1956, the year after the Anaheim park opened. Though he never personally spoke to his boss, he previously has said his…

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