In readiness for existing Cunard crew to move over to Queen Anne next year, we’ll have 800 new crew joining the Cunard fleet.

With Queen Anne’s maiden voyage in May 2024 drawing closer, our recruitment teams and agencies have been working hard to hire across a number of roles in the galley – to work onboard Queen Victoria, Queen Mary 2, and Queen Elizabeth.

Following recruitment visits to Dubai, Thailand, Indonesia, Mauritius, and South Africa, we’re delighted to have new fleet colleagues joining the Cunard family!

Putting our new Chefs to the test!

All Chefs were interviewed and tasked with a practical exam for Demi Chef de Partie, Chef De Partie, Sous Chefs and Chef Pâtissier. Working alongside experts from local culinary colleges, our candidates were able to demonstrate the breadth of their skills and experience to ensure they were placed in suitable roles.

The exams covered:

  • Knife skills – vegetable chopping test
  • Mother sauces – Hollandaise, Béchamel Sauce (demonstrating the correct infusion of the milk with spices and aromatics)
  • Cooking / poaching fish – using a Court Bouillon
  • Potatoes and vegetable cooking

Internal promotions

Through the internal promotions programme, 14 new Commis De Cuisines are also trained and ready to start, and another 14 from across the Cunard fleet are in training at the moment.

Congratulations to Raymart Granda Laping, Commis De Cuisine from Queen Mary 2, who was voted Top Chef of the class, and to all our newly promoted Chefs who will soon be starting in their new roles.

(Left to to right: Sashi Prakash, Chef Trainer, Singa, Raymart Granda Laping, Commis De Cuisine, Queen Mary 2, Nicholas Oldroyd, Operational Senior Executive Chef, Cunard, Yvette Mago, Head of Training and Recruitment, Singa.)

Nicholas Oldroyd, Operational Senior Executive Chef said:

“Our Chefs all did an amazing job and it was an absolute pleasure to have been a part of the culinary programme and present to them for their promotions. Congratulations everyone! A big thank you also to Chef Sashi and Yvette.”

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