German three-star Michelin chef joins MSC Cruises lineup

Harald Wohlfahrt will develop a new menu for the private Yacht Club restaurant of MSC Meraviglia, MSC Splendida and MSC Preziosa plus two courses for Elegant Night fleetwide Harald Wohlfahrt will develop a new menu for the private Yacht Club restaurant of MSC Meraviglia, MSC Splendida and MSC Preziosa plus two courses for Elegant Night fleetwide

MSC Cruises forged a partnership with Harald Wohlfahrt, the only German chef to hold a three-star rating from Michelin for 25 years in a row. He joins a group of world-renowned chefs already collaborating with the line.

New MSC Yacht Club menu

Wohlfahrt will develop a new menu for the private Yacht Club restaurant of MSC Meraviglia, MSC Splendida and MSC Preziosa while the ships are sailing in Northern Europe, as well as two main courses for Elegant Night that will be available fleetwide starting in early 2019. He'll also train MSC's chefs, enabling them to recreate his signature dishes to the highest possible standards.

Wohlfahrt became executive chef of the Schwarzwaldstube in Baiersbronn when he was just 24. As a result, this restaurant and the town would become the culinary center of Germany. 

The chef had studied cooking at Mönchs Waldhotel in Dobel near Baden-Baden. After his apprenticeship, he worked as a commis-chef with Willi Schwank in the Michelin two-star restaurant Stahlbad in Baden-Baden, from 1974 to 1976. He moved to Eckart Witzigmann’s Tantris, a three-star Michelin restaurant in Munich, in 1977. In 1978, he got the chance to start as sous-chef at Wolfgang Staudenmaier's restaurant in Baiersbronn. In 1980, he spent time in France at Alain Chapel in Mionnay and started his chef's master exam, which led to the Schwartzwaldstube.

Wohlfahrt has trained dozens of Michelin-starred German chefs, who have a total of more than 60 Michelin stars among them. He also has developed meals for astronauts on the international space station European Space Agency.

His philosophy is that perfection comes from craftsmanship, and he approaches the development of his dishes as a painter approaches a canvas.

Other noted MSC collaborators

MSC Bellissima's launch in March will see the opening of two-star Michelin chef Ramon Freixa’s HOLA! Tapas restaurant. Freixa debuted his first restaurant at sea aboard MSC Seaview with the Ocean Cay fish restaurant.

MSC Bellissima, like sister ship MSC Meraviglia, will also feature award-winning pastry chef Jean-Philippe Maury’s Chocolaterie and Chocolate Bar.

Roy Yamaguchi’s Asian Market Kitchen on MSC Seaside welcomed its first guests in December 2017. This pan-Asian dining experience features three restaurants—Teppanyaki, Sushi and Asian Fusion. The concept is also found on MSC Seaview, which entered service in June.

Acclaimed Chinese chef Jereme Leung developed a new hot pot restaurant for MSC Splendida, the Sea Pavilion. Michelin-star chef Carlo Cracco has been collaborating with MSC Cruises for five years on special dishes for the Elegant Night menu and Christmas and New Year menus, as well as the DOREMI Chef by Carlo Cracco, a cooking activity for kids. 

Posted 18 December 2018

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Anne Kalosh

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