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Old 02-07-2005, 07:25 AM
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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."