Cruise Chefs-to-be in Royal Cook-off

For me, and for people who like being in the kitchen…this sounds like a dream job, if there is such a thing. One year on a cruise ship, with your best dish on the menu, with input on what goes onto the passengers’ plates, even some say in how the restaurant is arranged.

There is one problem…okay, maybe it’s just one of the problems: I didn’t graduate from The Culinary Institute of America.

Those who did now have a chance at my dream job. Royal Caribbean will reward one lucky (and talented) alumni member of the Institute, one of the premier culinary training grounds in the world, a one-year contract on the new Allure of the Seas. Rather than have an established “name” chef, the cruise line’s idea is to hire an up-and-comer (there’s another problem) to be the Chef de Cuisine of 150 Central Park, the signature restaurant aboard the Allure.

The Allure of the Seas Culinary Challenge is open for competition until next Sunday, June 20th. There’s no mention of how much the one-year contract pays.

Who cares?

Besides the CIA (the other CIA) credentials, chefs have to create an original  recipe, submit a video that details the actual preparation of their potentially award-winning dish, and “sell” themselves as the best contest entry.

Judges will select 10 semi-finalists. Their videos will be posted on the contest website, and all of us who wish we were them can vote for our favorite, from June 28 to July 11. Everyone who registers to vote will have a chance to win a trip for two on a ”preview sailing” of Allure of the Seas in November.

The five contestants with the highest number of votes, along with one “judges’ choice” entrant, will be invited to participate in a culinary challenge  at The Culinary Institute of America on August 5th-6th in New York.

Sorry I can’t be there.

That’s it, I’m done.

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