Emeril’s Tchoup Chop, an upscale Asian-Polynesian eatery at the Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando, is undergoing a transformation that includes a new chef de cuisine, general manager, updated menus and revamped interior.

Chef Ryan Vargas is in charge of the kitchen and Andy Vaughn is handling the front of the house and other business related responsibilities.

Vargas, who has more than 20 years of experience in the culinary arts, took the helm at Emeril’s Tchoup Chop in October 2013. Vargas, a Hawaii native, joined Tchoup Chop after spending about 13 years leading the kitchens at some of the island’s top resorts, including the Four Seasons Resort in Hualalai and the Ritz Carlton in Kapalua Maui. Vargas also led the kitchen at the Four Seasons Resort in Palm Beach, where he was voted as “Palm Beach County Best Chef” by the Palm Beach Post in 2011. Classically trained, Vargas graduated from the Culinary Institute of America at Hyde Park, N.Y. in 1991 with an associate’s degree in Culinary Arts.

The updated lunch and dinner menus feature dishes prepared in a brand-new Japanese robata grill, an updated sushi bar with expanded offerings and a fresh cocktail menu.

A robata grill sears meat, seafood and vegetables at up to 1,000F, allowing dishes to maintain their natural juices and flavor. Tchoup Chop is one of only two restaurants in Orlando to use the unique and rustic grilling method.

Guests can order small dishes from the robata menu as sides with an entrée, as appetizers to share with the table, or with several selections from the menu as an entrée, choosing from options such as Japanese eggplant with a chili mint sauce, pork belly Tocino and lemongrass-marinated chicken wing with spicy chili sauce.

 Emeril’s Tchoup Chop Emeril’s Tchoup Chop (pronounced “chop-chop”), is located at 6300 Hollywood Way at the Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando Resort. The restaurant opened in 2002 as chef Emeril Lagasse’s second restaurant in Orlando. The name “Tchoup Chop” is a play on New Orleans’ famous Tchoupitoulas Street, where Emeril’s Restaurant is located, and the bold culinary term “chop.”

The restaurant offers free valet parking for lunch and dinner, accessed through a covered drive at the Royal Pacific Ballroom entrance. Tchoup Chop serves lunch daily, 11:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m. and dinner daily from 5–10 p.m.

Happy hour is 5–8 p.m. daily at the outdoor Tiki Bar.

For reservations, call 407-503-2467 or visit online at EmerilsRestaurants.com/Emerils-Tchoup-Chop