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Old January 17th, 2007, 02:10 AM
jeph jeph is offline
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Default Adieu, Chef Roux

Having had the chance to cruise on various ships, I found Celebrity's food to be a cut or two above that of the other mid-priced lines. This is part of what made their premium brand identity right from the start. So I was sorry to hear that Celebrity was bringing its long-running consulting arrangement with the famed Michel Roux to an end.

But what's really baffling is the guy they've named to follow Roux in the consulting chef position. Not only has Ponce Yablonski never seen an ocean, he isn't even a chef-- he works the fryolator in a Denny's in Enid, Oklahoma! Actually, he isn't even a cook, officially-- he's a dishwashing machine operator, and just fills in in when the regular fry guy, Virgil, is "out sick"-- which is a lot of the time lately, because let's face it, Virgil's got a wicked crystal meth problem.

Okay, I'm getting off topic here. The main thing is, Celebrity really has their work cut out for them maintaining their culinary reputation. I know all the lines are looking to contain costs, but this choice strikes me as penny-wise and pound-foolish!
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