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Winners of the Inaugural F&B@Sea Awards 2024 announced

F&B@Sea Awards

F&B@Sea was developed in close consultation with cruise lines, food and beverage stakeholders, and culinary leaders with support from Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) and industry consulting leader MarkeTeam.

MIAMI, FLORIDA – The inaugural F&B@Sea Awards revealed this year’s outstanding achievers during its debut ceremony hosted on April 11, 2024 at F&B@Sea. Recognising excellence and innovation within the global food and beverage cruise industry, the awards underscore the pivotal role of the food and beverage sector in shaping the cruise experience.

Hosted by Vice President of MarkeTeam Ken Taylor and Seatrade Cruise News Deputy Editor Holly Payne, the awards spanned across seven categories. Three aimed at suppliers within the industry and four aimed at Cruise Lines and included awards such as Most Sustainable Product, Wellness Pioneer, Best Restaurant, F&B Maverick of the year and more. Handpicked for their unwavering commitment to culinary excellence, the judges for the 2024 F&B@Sea Awards boasted diverse backgrounds, remarkable credentials, and unparalleled expertise in the food and beverage industry. Hailing from academia, journalism, hotels, wine & beverage, and culinary fields, the panel offered a rich tapestry of F&B knowledge. Their collective insights, coupled with specialised industry experience, ensured a fair and expert assessment of each nomination, reflecting the current trends in both land-based and at-sea dining.

F&B@Sea Awards

The esteemed winners of the awards are as follows:

  • Most Sustainable Product: Riverence Provisions
  • Wellness Pioneer: Konscious Foods
  • Trailblazing Product: AUTEC
  • Best Beverage Programme: Royal Caribbean International; Icon of the Seas
  • Best Restaurant: Crystal Cruises; Umi Uma
  • Most Sustainable F&B Programme: Holland America Line; Food Sourcing & Food Waste Reduction
  • F&B Maverick of the Year: Rudi Sodamin; Princess Cruises

Additionally, the accolade for Best Vendor Stall Setup awarded to Pepsico was determined through onsite voting via QR code. This award spotlights exceptional presentation, engagement, and overall immersive excellence.

Chiara Giorgi, Global Brand and Event Director of Seatrade Cruise, remarked, “The F&B@Sea Awards spotlight excellence and innovation, providing a global platform for industry leaders shaping the future of F&B cruising. We extend our heartfelt congratulations to the 2024 winners for their remarkable achievements.”

In expressing gratitude, a representative from AUTEC stated, “We’re honored and thrilled to receive the Trailblazing Product of the Year award for our ASM865A Maki Maker. AUTEC is dedicated to sharing Japanese culture through sushi, and we’re delighted to introduce this culinary tradition to cruise line passengers. Our Sushi Robots enable cruise line chefs to deliver high-quality and authentic sushi experiences. Thank you for this incredible honor!”

“This award is a testament to Royal Caribbean’s commitment to delivering the best family vacation and infusing ‘adventure’ in thoughtful and unexpected ways — including the beverage program! On behalf of my colleagues shoreside and crew, thank you for recognizing the passion and hard work invested by all of us to deliver unique experiences, big and small.  We’re proud to have an award-winning program to show for it,” added Linken D’ Souza, Senior Vice President, Food & Beverage Global Operations, Royal Caribbean International.

Committed to sustainability, the F&B@Sea Awards trophies are crafted from responsibly sourced, individually unique, and 100% recyclable oak wood.

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