Oceania Cruises has revealed Chef Alexis Quaretti, Senior Culinary Director, has been inducted into the prestigious echelons of the Maîtres Cuisiniers de France.
Quaretti joins Oceania Cruises’ VP of Culinary Eric Barale, who served as Quaretti’s godfather into the program. Chef Quaretti’s induction means Oceania Cruises is the only major cruise line to boast two Master Chefs of France.
The association of Master Chefs of France was established in 1951. Its goal is to support and promote French culinary arts around the world. This mission is embodied by the chef members, as they are ambassadors of French cuisine and culture and are responsible for relaying this heritage to their apprentices.
An example of Quaretti’s cuisine is pictured right – Beef Tartar, Parmesan Fritters, Truffle Mayo.
“It’s truly remarkable to have two Master Chefs of France leading our culinary team,” said Frank A. Del Rio, President of Oceania Cruises.
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“Chef Eric and Chef Alexis are both long-standing members of the culinary team, Eric being one of the first members of Oceania Cruises’ culinary family and Alexis joining us shortly after in 2004. The palpable kinship and passion throughout the culinary team prove that Oceania Cruises not only serves The Finest Cuisine at Sea® but also has the finest culinary team at sea,” Del Rio added.
Commenting on his accolade, Quaretti said: “Being inducted into the Master Chefs of France is truly one of the biggest honors of my career, and I sincerely look forward to being part of this prestigious organisation.
“I have always been proud to represent French culinary ideals and am lucky to be able to bring the best of the best to Oceania Cruises.
“I would like to thank my friend and colleague Chef Eric Barale for being my godfather throughout the process and providing me with constant guidance and advice throughout my career.”
Driven by the desire to make Oceania Cruises a destination for pleasure-seekers in search of one-of-a-kind experiences, Quaretti has created a menu of universal world flavors with his own French expertise and
unique fondness for diverse products. His ever-changing menus celebrate the freshest ingredients and are inspired by his home country of France as well as his world travels.
As Oceania Cruises’ recipe development manager, Quaretti has designed, made and tested every dish served on all Oceania Cruises’ ships. He and his team create approximately 300 new recipes each year to constantly revitalise and reinvigorate the onboard menus.