Oceania Cruises’ Alexis Quaretti Inducted Into Maîtres Cuisiniers de France

Oceania Cruises’ senior culinary director, Chef Alexis Quaretti, has been inducted into the prestigious Maîtres Cuisiniers de France, the cruise line has announced. Quaretti joins Oceania’ Vice President of Culinary Eric Barale, who served as Quaretti’s godfather into the program. As such, Oceania is the only major cruise line with two "Master Chefs of France."

The association of Master Chefs of France was established in 1951; its goal is to support and promote French culinary arts around the world. This mission is embodied by the chef members, as they are ambassadors of French cuisine and culture and are responsible for relaying this heritage to their apprentices.

“It’s truly remarkable to have two Master Chefs of France leading our culinary team,” said Frank A. Del Rio, president of Oceania Cruises. “Chef Eric and Chef Alexis are both longstanding members of the culinary team—Eric being one of the first members of Oceania Cruises’ culinary family and Alexis joining us shortly after in 2004.”

“Being inducted into the Master Chefs of France is truly one of the biggest honors of my career, and I sincerely look forward to being part of this prestigious organization,” said Quaretti. “I have always been proud to represent French culinary ideals and am lucky to be able to bring the best of the best to Oceania Cruises. I would like to thank my friend and colleague Chef Eric Barale for being my godfather throughout the process and providing me with constant guidance and advice throughout my career.”

Quaretti has created a menu of world flavors with his own French expertise and fondness for diverse products. His menus celebrate the freshest ingredients and are inspired by his home country of France as well as his world travels. As the line’s recipe development manager, Quaretti has designed, made and tested every dish served on an Oceania Cruises’ ship. He and his team create approximately 300 new recipes each year to revitalize the onboard menus.

For more information, visit www.oceaniacruises.com.

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