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Emeril Lagasse Named Carnival Cruise Line Chief Culinary Officer

Carnival Cruise Line has officially named renowned chef and restaurateur Emeril Lagasse as Chief Culinary Officer. 

Emeril’s Bistro is already a hit on two of Carnival’s most innovative ships, Mardi Gras and Carnival Celebration. With this new partnership, Emeril Lagasse’s famous culinary talent will be fleetwide. 

Carnival also announced that Carnival Jubilee will feature and Emeril’s Bistro when it docks in Galveston, Texas next year. 

President of Carnival Cruise Line, Christine Duffy said, “Food is key to the fun of a Carnival cruise. Emeril’s restaurants on our two new ships have been a great addition to our dining offerings and guests rave about the food, which will also be on Carnival Jubilee come next December. With Emeril’s culinary expertise and broader profile on our ships, along with our wildly popular partnership with Food Network star Guy Fieri, Carnival will feature two iconic talents in the food and dining industry across our fleet.”

Lagasse will not only support Carnival’s current chefs by providing guidance on food trends and techniques but will also give advice on future menu offerings and dining concepts. Menus will also carry entrees designated as “Emeril recommends” choices fleetwide. 

“I’ve been creating and operating restaurants for many years but developing my restaurants with Carnival and learning about the cruise industry has been an exhilarating experience. I love Carnival’s focus on food and fun and the many great dining options they offer their guests. I’m looking forward to building on our success at sea with Carnival’s exceptional culinary team,” said Lagasse. 

Lagasse will join Duffy in Times Square this weekend where Carnival is sponsoring the countdown clock the ball drop. This weekend will also serve as the launch of Carnival’s new “Choose Fun Together” marketing campaign. 

The new campaign showcases moments of fun that happen when people voyage together on Carnival. To emphasize that togetherness, Duffy and Lagasse will flip the switch on the New Year’s Eve countdown clock together.