Celebrity Cruises has partnered with SPE Certified to expand its onboard healthy dining options.
SPE Certified is a certification and consulting program designed to enhance the nutritional quality of meals without compromising taste. SPE includes a team of experts who collectively take a scientific approach to certifying dishes.
SPE Certified proved it can be done as they tested their method at Rouge Tomate restaurant in New York City, where chefs created dishes such as brook trout a la plancha, bison ribeye “Pot-au-Feu,” local tomato gazpacho, Hudson Valley rabbit “En Croute,” and squid ink fettucine – all entirely free of cream or butter.
SPE Certified’s high set of standards will be applied to certifying more than 60 dishes on the menus of Celebrity Cruises’ main restaurants – including such selections as salmon tartare with celery root puree, trout roe caviar, dill, apple and pumpernickel; roasted pork loin with smoky red cabbage, butternut squash and cranberry jus; seared branzino with parsnip puree, lentils, spinach and pomegranate, and molten lava cake – as well as every dish on the menus of the line’s refreshing AquaSpa Cafes.
"Consumers' desire for healthy dining options has evolved from a small niche several years ago into the general mindset today, with developments like the ban of transfats, nutrition labeling, and passionate dietary followings such as vegan, gluten-free and low-carb, so this was the ideal time to rethink our approach to healthy dining," said Celebrity's Culinary Director John Suley. "Celebrity has always been a leader in offering a high quality dining experience and culinary innovations, and with SPE Certified, we have the opportunity to pair that legacy with a new definition of healthy dining for our guests."
"Celebrity’s culinary team has an obvious passion for food, as well as a single-minded focus to provide their guests with an unparalleled level of dining on the high seas, and we are therefore delighted to be partnering with them," said SPE Certified Founder & CEO Emmanuel Verstraeten.
Celebrity’s SPE-certified dishes will be available first on Celebrity Reflection starting April 6, 2013, and will be available across the entire fleet by the end of the year.