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MSC Cruises has announced a partnership with renowned pastry chef Jean-Philippe Maury to reinvent its dessert offerings across specialty restaurants and buffets.

Chef Maury’s culinary twist is in progress aboard MSC Divina, and will be further introduced on other ships in the fleet.

The privately owned cruise line has a loyal following in Europe, South America and South Africa, and with this alliance it brings more features in world class dining for its guests. “We constantly look to surprise and delight our guests with new and authentic culinary experiences. Jean-Philippe Maury is a world pastry champion who embodies passion, elegance, innovation and excellence – the same characteristics that distinguish MSC Cruises,” said Rick Sasso, president of MSC Cruises USA in a press statement.

Chef Maury’s artistic additions to the menu is part of the mega US$5.9 billion investment plan launched in 2015, in which he will introduce a chocolate atelier on the four MSC Meraviglia ships. The first Meraviglia ship sails the Mediterranean in June 2017, where the guests can look forward to a chocolate atelier with an open kitchen, watching the chocolatiers create sweet masterpieces, and also taste the pastry and bakery menu. There will also be a gourmet ice cream parlour, creperie launched by Chef Maury.

Chef Maury was named Best Pastry Chef in France in 1997 and also won the World Pastry Team Championship twice in 2002 and 2004.  “I am truly honored to partner with MSC Cruises in this new exciting adventure. Creativity and passion will lead us to the next level of excellence,” he said.

Last year, Princess Cruises also announced new additions to its chocolate menu in 2016, as part of its collaboration with acclaimed master chocolatier Chef Norman Love. Read the story here

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