|GLENDALE, Calif., Aug. 29, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Applebee’s® Neighborhood Grill + Bar welcomes Stephen Bulgarelli as vice president and chief culinary officer to head its culinary team. With an extensive and accomplished background in the restaurant industry, a mind for menu innovation, and a deep commitment to guest satisfaction, Bulgarelli will lead the talented culinary team at Applebee’s as they work to ensure every guest has something to look forward to when they dine at Applebee’s.
“Chef Stephen possesses a unique balance of strategy, creativity, and team orientation that will elevate our menu and strengthen our culinary culture,” said John Cywinski, president, Applebee’s. “All of this coupled with his passionate focus on our guests makes Stephen the ideal partner for our franchisees.”
With more than 120 years of combined experience, the Applebee’s culinary team is starting a new chapter of menu innovation focused on returning to its roots. The team will elevate Applebee’s neighborhood position around familiar favorites with an emphasis on abundant, indulgent value.
Noted Bulgarelli, “As the biggest casual-dining brand in the country, Applebee’s is America’s neighborhood kitchen, and I am honored to create original and downright good food that millions of people will be able to enjoy each week. In collaboration with an already stellar culinary team, we’ll be focusing heavily on listening to our guests to help drive the changes that will further set Applebee’s apart.”