Abe Acosta

Director of Culinary & Operations Excellence


Abe is the Head of Culinary for all Darden brands in international, non-traditional and franchised businesses.  Abe has worked for Darden for 21 years and in that time he has worked in 6 of the 8 Darden brands in 15 countries. Abe travels the world to explore culture and cuisine, seeking to understand how to bring Darden brands to life in international markets, while ensuring reach and engagement of local Guests and maintaining the core essence of the brand. He collaborates with Franchisees to ensure business model vibrancy and operational excellence.  Abe is a collaborative leader who is experienced in developing, and influencing, breakthrough innovations that deliver step change results in large-scale multi-brand restaurant companies.

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