Royal Caribbean International Announces Partnership with American Culinary Federation

Award-winning Cruise Line Enhances Quality Dining at Sea with Unprecedented Culinary Certification Program

MIAMI, Feb. 3 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — In an industry first, Royal Caribbean International has partnered with the American Culinary Federation, Inc. (ACF) to develop an innovative culinary training and certification program for the cruise line’s senior culinary professionals. The program, which reinforces Royal Caribbean’s commitment to quality dining at sea, offers continuing education to nearly 100 of the line’s senior executive chefs, executive chefs and executive sous chefs.

The new curriculum supplements knowledge and skill level through a combination of ACF-certified theoretical and practical classroom experiences. Throughout the program, Royal Caribbean chefs perfect their preparation and service skills, concentrating on attention to detail, taste, nutritional value, food safety and overall guest satisfaction. They also undergo a series of examinations following each session to earn their official ACF certification. In addition, the senior chefs who participate in the training will share key learnings from each course with their culinary staffs fleetwide.

“The partnership between Royal Caribbean and the American Culinary Federation is an ideal match, considering ACF’s exceptional reputation and expertise in culinary service and Royal Caribbean’s strong commitment to culinary development,” said Frank Weber, director, Culinary and Beverage, for Royal Caribbean International. “We are pleased to take our culinary department to the next level with this new partnership and look forward to offering guests even more outstanding dining experiences.”

“We commend Royal Caribbean for its additional investment in an already award-winning culinary program,” said Dawn Jantsch, managing director of the American Culinary Federation. “Further raising the quality of training and food service at all levels to continue exceeding industry standards will benefit both the ship culinary staff and their clientele.”

The organizations first came together last summer when ACF honored the line with an “ACF Achievement of Excellence Award,” a prestigious dining award recognizing superior foodservice and cuisine. Both organizations quickly realized the mutual benefits of entering into a partnership and soon began crafting the innovative culinary training program, applying ACF’s expert knowledge, creativity and service to an industry outside the confines of traditional culinary corporations.

Royal Caribbean offers guests a wide variety of dining choices, ranging from multi-course meals in elegant main dining rooms to casual, eclectic options in the Windjammer Cafes. Select ships also feature intimate specialty restaurants Portofino and Chops Grille steakhouse. The line’s culinary team consists of approximately 4,200 employees, including the stewarding crew on its 19 ships, as well as a specialized shoreside culinary department.

The American Culinary Federation is the nation’s largest organization of professional chefs and aims to improve quality foodservice through education. Founded in 1929, the organization establishes and upholds the highest standards of cooking and enhances the culinary profession internationally through education, certification and a fraternal bond of respect and integrity.

Royal Caribbean International is a global cruise brand with 19 ships in service and two under construction. The company also offers unique cruisetour vacations in Alaska, Canada and Europe. For additional information about the cruise line, please visit the company’s Web site at or call 800-327-6700.

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