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MSC Cruises new partnership with Chef Roy Yamaguchi

New partnership adds to the existing partnerships with three internationally acclaimed chefs

MSC Cruises, the Swiss-based world’s largest privately-owned cruise company and market leader in Europe, South America and South Africa, has 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 on board the Company’s next-generation ship, MSC Seaside due to be launched in December 2017 and sail year-round from Miami to the Caribbean.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. We aim to bring this alive every day for our guests with fresh, authentic food of the highest quality. The enjoyment of good food plays an integral role on holiday and enables 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 varied choice during their cruise. We are developing exciting new dining options on board 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 be dry aged on board.”

Chef Yamaguchi will have a dedicated specialty restaurant on board MSC Seaside and will be  personally involved in conceptualising and designing every element of the new pan-Asian restaurant. This includes everything from creating the recipes and menus, to selecting chinaware to enhance the dishes. He will be involved in selecting the music to create the right ambience, choose the wine pairings to complement the food and will even choose the paper 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.

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