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Some of the top chefs and culinary minds in the cruise industry will kick off the 34th annual Marine Hotel Association (MHA) trade show and conference in Naples, Florida, on March 31 by taking part in the MHA’s inaugural Culinary Showcase.

It’s the debut for the Culinary Showcase, which will be followed by a full two day conference and trade show program aimed at vendors in the hotel, hospitality and food and beverage space.

The chefs will be on hand at the Naples Grande Resort and will cook up select, unique small bites for an audience of suppliers, cruise industry executives and other key players pool-side in Naples.

The Chefs:
• Graeme Cockburn, corporate executive chef, Windstar Cruises
• Enrique Villardefrancos, corporate executive chef, MSC Cruises
• Christian Pratsch, corporate research and development chef, Norwegian Cruise Line
• Peter Holfer, corporate executive chef, CMI Leisure Management
• Karl Raser, executive pastry chef, The World, Residences at Sea
• Chef Eric Barale, senior director, culinary operations, the Apollo Group
• Chef Jerfome Toumelin from The Apollo Group, representing Oceania
• Chef Wolfgang Maier from The Apollo Group, representing Regent

“The 2019 show in Naples, Florida, March 31-April 2, includes a unique Culinary Showcase featuring culinary talent from across the industry showcasing their talents with a range of concepts from around the globe,” said John McGirl, president of the MHA and Chief Operating Officer of The World, Residences at Sea. “We will have key industry speakers and panels on new and innovative topics as well as announcements on future MHA events and programs.”

In addition, more names are set to be announced in the coming weeks.

An eclectic menu mix is expected to be revealed shortly, including varying protein and vegetarian dishes, as well as a dessert.



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