MSC Cruises Enhances International Fine Dining Experiences For Guests

New Chef Partnership With Award-Winning, Pan-Asian Chef Roy Yamaguchi demonstrates MSC Cruises’ commitment to fine dining and adds to the existing partnerships with three internationally acclaimed chefs

Roy Yamaguchi

MSC Cruises, the Swiss-based world’s largest privately-owned cruise company and market leader in Europe, South America and South Africa, today announced a new partnership with celebrated pan-Asian chef and international culinary pioneer, Roy Yamaguchi. The innovative Japanese-American chef will bring his unique fusion of cooking traditions to MSC Cruises, initially onboard the Company’s new next-generation ship, MSC Seaside, “the ship that follows the sun”. This latest announcement further demonstrates MSC Cruises’ ongoing commitment to international fine dining and adds to the existing partnerships with renowned, award-winning chefs Carlo Cracco, Jean-Phillippe Maury and Jereme Leung.

Gianni Onorato, MSC Cruises Chief Executive Officer, commented: “Our heritage lies in the Mediterranean, where a passion for food is a way of life and we seek to bring this to life every day for our guests with always fresh, authentic food of the highest quality. The enjoyment of good food plays an integral role in creating unforgettable emotions as well as enabling our guests to discover new cultures and tastes, whilst cruising on one of our beautiful ships. The dining experience on an MSC Cruises ship is distinguished by the extensive variety of Mediterranean and international cuisines and wide range of dining formats available. The four top chefs whom we currently work with were selected as leading global experts in their respective cuisines and each one brings world-class fine dining expertise, elevating the dining experience for our guests to a new level.”

Mr Onorato, concluded: “We provide a wide range of speciality restaurants to give our guests a wide and varied choice during their cruise. We are developing exciting new dining options onboard MSC Seaside, with nine eateries featuring cuisines from all around the world including a pan-Asian restaurant in partnership with Roy Yamaguchi, a luxury fish restaurant with chef’s table and a world class international steak house where the beef will dry age onboard.”

Chef Yamaguchi will have a dedicated presence and specialty restaurant onboard MSC Cruises next-generation new build, MSC Seaside – one of the company’s most innovative and revolutionary ships – which will come into service in December 2017 and sail year-round from Miami to the Caribbean.

As part of the partnership, Chef Yamaguchi will be personally involved in conceptualising and designing every element of the new pan-Asian restaurant, bringing his creative flair and vision to every single detail of the guest’s experience. This includes everything from creating the recipes, menus, selecting chinaware to enhance the dishes, music selection to create the right ambience all the way through to the wine pairings to complement the food and even the choice of the paper stock for the menus.

An international culinary visionary and the creator of Hawaiian fusion cuisine, Yamaguchi intertwines his Japanese heritage with love for the freshest ingredients. He is the founder of 30 Roy’s Restaurants, including 28 in the United States and one in Guam. His numerous accolades include the prestigious James Beard Award. Yamaguchi has also hosted six seasons of the television show “Hawaii Cooks with Roy Yamaguchi,” seen in more than 60 countries. He has also published four culinary cookbooks.

For more informations go to www.msccruises.co.uk

About MSC Cruises

MSC Cruises, part of the Mediterranean Shipping Company, is the number one cruise line in Europe, South America and South Africa, and sails year-round in the Mediterranean and the Caribbean. Seasonal itineraries cover northern Europe, the Atlantic Ocean, Cuba and the French Antilles, South America, southern Africa, and Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Oman.

MSC Cruises feels a deep responsibility for the environments in which it operates, and was the first company ever to earn the Bureau Veritas “7 Golden Pearls” for superior management and environmental stewardship.
In 2009, MSC Cruises began an enduring partnership with UNICEF to support various programmes assisting children worldwide. So far, more than €4m has been collected in voluntary guest donations.

The MSC Cruise experience embodies the elegant side of the Mediterranean to create unique and unforgettable emotions for guests, through discovery of the world’s cultures, beauties and tastes. Its fleet comprises 12 modern ships: MSC Preziosa; MSC Divina; MSC Splendida; MSC Fantasia; MSC Magnifica; MSC Poesia; MSC Orchestra; MSC Musica; MSC Sinfonia; MSC Armonia; MSC Opera and MSC Lirica.

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