Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa names executive butcher for Council Oak

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa named Walter M. Apfelbaum executive butcher at Council Oak Steaks & Seafood.  He will also oversee butchering for the property’s other fine dining establishments.

Apfelbaum attended The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York.  Following graduation, he was recruited by Whole Foods to participate in their butcher training program, where he was mentored by the lead butcher for Whole Foods tri-state locations, according to a statement.

In 2009, he relocated to Tampa and joined the butcher team at Council Oak Steaks & Seafood, at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa. Three years later, the Seminole Tribe of Florida team offered him the opportunity to transfer to Seminole Casino Coconut Creek to open NYY Steak.  Additionally, he was asked to join the opening team for NYY Steak in Midtown Manhattan.

As of this summer, he has rejoined the team as executive butcher for all of the eateries within Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa.

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa recently opened its newest additions to the property including a 14-story hotel tower with 562 rooms and suites, three pools and gaming space. 

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