Saturday, July 10, 2010

Help Royal Caribbean Pick A Chef

When dining out it's always up to you to choose the items on the menu that you'd like to try, but how often do you get to pick the items that actually appear on the menu?

Thanks to a partnership with The Culinary Institute of America (CIA), Royal Caribbean recently launched the Allure of the Seas Culinary Challenge, a contest open exclusively to CIA graduates for a shot at the job of a lifetime - a one-year paid contract to be the Chef de Cuisine of 150 Central Park onboard Allure of the Seas. Entrants were required to create an original, signature recipe that could potentially be featured on the menu of 150 Central Park, as well as submit a video entry to, demonstrating the preparation of the dish.

The submission period has ended and six chefs have been selected as finalists for their culinary prowess and creativity. They will each participate in a final challenge on Aug 5 & 6, where they will be required to conduct an interview with, as well as prepare a three-course meal for, an esteemed panel of judges from Royal Caribbean and The Culinary Institute of America, who will ultimately select the Chef de Cuisine.

But, here's where you come in. Royal Caribbean wants help from you to give your favorite chef a boost. You're invited to follow the link above and cast a vote once a day from now through July 18th for the chef you feel should win. The chef with the highest number of votes will be named the "Fan Favorite" and awarded additional points to his/her overall score at the final challenge, where one will be named the winner.

And there's something in it for you. Not only will the votes help set a course on the high seas for one talented chef's career, but with each vote cast, you will automatically be entered for a chance to win a trip for two to a preview sailing aboard Allure of the Seas, where you will be one of the first guests on the new ship, enjoy a cooking demonstration with the winning chef, as well as a memorable dinner at 150 Central Park.

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