Chef wins contest to work on new cruise ship

'Allure of the Seas culinary challenge' finds a winner
Maureen Brandt with her trophy
Maureen Brandt with her trophy

Royal Caribbean International has selected a Chef de Cuisine for its signature restaurant onboard brand new cruise ship Allure of the Seas, following an intense eight-week long culinary contest.

Maureen Brandt of Stillwater, Minn was awarded a one-year paid contract to work at 150 Central Park onboard Allure of the Seas after winning the 'Allure of the Seas Culinary Challenge', which culminated in a five-hour cook-off in the competion kitchens at The Culinary Institute of America (CIA).


Brandt was one of six CIA graduates to be a finalist in contest, open exclusively to CIA alumni.

“Partnering with the Culinary Institute and having the ability to tap into their alumni has been an amazing opportunity,” said Lisa Bauer, senior vice president, Hotel Operations, Royal Caribbean International. “Each of the finalists truly showcased their passion and knowledge in the kitchen and we are extremely excited to have selected Molly as our new Chef de Cuisine for 150 Central Park.”

Brandt impressed the judges by serving up a menu of Chilled Lobster with fennel, carrots, citrus, caviar and tempura battered lobster mitt; Provencal Lamb Loin with Dijon potato puree, ratatouille, pattypan squash and olive tapenade; and Pistachio Cake with whipped rosewater crème fraiche and carbonated raspberries.

“This entire process with The Culinary Institute of America and Royal Caribbean has been such an amazing experience and hearing my name announced as the winner of the Culinary Challenge was surreal,” said Brandt.

Allure of the Seas will make her debut in December 2010 and share the title of world's largest and most innovative cruise ship with sister-ship Oasis of the Seas.

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