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Queen Mary 2 Celebrates Culinary Excellence

April 15, 2010

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Countdown to Queen Elizabeth – 179 days


I know it’s a bit of a cliché to say how time flies, but it always feels the same towards the end of a World Voyage. Queen Victoria has just made her third transit through the Suez Canal and will be arriving in Piraeus for Athens today, before heading off to Civitavecchia for Rome on Saturday. Then it will be the final four day crossing back to Southampton. Meanwhile Queen Mary 2 is back in New York having now completed her 101 day, third World Voyage. This evening she will be crossing the Atlantic back to Southampton and both ships will be there together on 22 April, which is the first time they have been there together since last year, so it will be cause for celebration. And with less than six months to go before our new Queen joins the fleet, Queen Elizabeth is making great progress and hopefully I’ll have some more pictures for you soon. 


Before we find out about the culinary celebrations on Queen Mary 2 here’s this week in Cunard’s history from 16 to 22April.


16 April 1982

QE2 makes her maiden call at Arrecife, Lanzarote

16 April 2004

Queen Mary 2 departs Southampton on her first transatlantic crossing to New York.

17 April 1920

The Albania is launched as the first new build for Cunard after the First World War, although her keel was laid in 1914

18 April 1912

The Carpathia docked at Pier 54, in New York with the 700+ survivors of Titanic. She was greeted by thousands of people.

18 April 1969

Cunard formally accepts delivery of QE2


You may remember in February this year, we highlighted a Cunard World Voyage tradition, with the Chef’s Salon Culinaire on Queen Victoria. If you didn’t get to read it you can click on this link to find out more.




I was delighted the other day when Mark Oldroyd, Queen Mary 2’s Executive Sous Chef, sent me pictures of their event, which they held recently. The competition took place in our flagship’s magnificent Queens Room, and Mark takes up the story:


 “Queen Mary 2’s 2010 Chefs Culinary Cooking Competition was a huge success. The chefs really went all out and produced masterpieces and signature dishes that even Escoffier would be proud of. The team really wowed our guests with the event being the talk of the ship for days. We were so proud of the chefs; the commitment and sheer dedication the team projected was electric, it was a chance for them to let go and cook their favourite signature dishes and culinary visions. They all definitely exceeded all our expectations.”


 He told me that they had five categories in this year’s event including an award for the Pastry and Bakery Show Piece.


This was won by Richard Serran who is Demi Chef de Partie Baker. Here he is with his award winning entry and from (left to right) Executive Chef Karl Winkler, Executive Sous Chef Mark Oldroyd, Hotel Manager David Stephenson and Food & Beverage Manager Bernhard Fischer.


The next winner was for the Hot or Cold Plated Entree category



This was won by Noli Salimbagat who is a Chef De Cuisine and like so many of the entries managed to make his work look too delicious to ever eat.  


Many of our guests have an opportunity to see a fruit and vegetable carving demonstration while they are on board and this competition looked for the most artistic creation.



The Fruit and Vegetable Carving award went to Rizalde Gagaring who is a Chef De Partie, Food Artist.


One of the most popular categories amongst our guests, is the dessert section, which always produces some of the most inventive pieces.



The Plated Dessert winner was Franz Joseph Ballelos who is a Demi Chef De Partie, Pastry.


Some of the biggest creations are in the Cold Larder Buffet Display category.



This was won by Panchoo Arvin Kumar who is a Chef de Partie


Back in the Britannia Restaurant Galley, all the winners came together with their Certificates for a group photograph.



From left to right they are, Panchoo Arvin Kumar, Richard Serran, Franz Joseph Ballelos, Noli Salimbagat and Rizalde Gagaring.


Karl Winkler and Mark Oldroyd told me they would like to thank all departments and the ships on board services for their generosity as they donated some excellent prizes which were really appreciated by all the winners.


Thank you Mark for sharing this great success story and congratulations to you and all your chefs for what sounds like an amazing event, showing yet again the incredible skills of our on board culinary teams.


That’s it for this week, I’ll be back on Monday with more news from around the fleet, including a very special story from Queen Victoria as we come to the last few days of our 2010 World Voyage. We’ll also have some other great stories so thanks again for logging on. Cheers for now Alastair.


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