Explora Journeys’ Chef into the Académie Culinaire de France

Chef Alban Gjoka bestowed with prestigious accolade

Explora Journeys‘ Chef Alban Gjoka has been inducted into the prestigious Académie Culinaire de France.

Gjoka, Vice President, Food and Beverage at Explora Journeys, was bestowed with the prestigious award at the French Consulate in New York earlier this month, led by Sebastien Baud, President Delegue of the Académie Culinaire de France.

“Alban’s dedication and contribution to the culinary arts have earned him a well-deserved place among the members of the Académie Culinaire de France,” remarked Baud.

“With an exceptional career in the culinary world, he has displayed unparalleled skill, creativity, and a commitment to elevating the dining experience for more than two decades. He continues to redefine gastronomy and set new standards within the industry”.

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Gjoka joined Explora Journeys at the beginning of 2022 as Senior Lead Culinary Operation from the Apollo Group where he worked for 15 years, most recently as Senior Executive Chef and Culinary Manager for Oceania Cruises where he oversaw large-scale international food and beverage operations.

He was previously employed for five years by another leading luxury cruise company in a range of food and beverage roles, lastly as Culinary Director, where he was involved in leading the food and beverage strategy.

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