Celebrity's statement about Van Staden and how he'll be involved is pretty vague -- but if Roux's role is any example, he'll oversee menu development and culinary training for onboard cooks. He'll also oversee beverage operations.
If a story on Van Staden by folks at the James Beard Foundation is any indication, he'll definitely bring a younger, more contemporary vibe to the table than did Roux, who was known for his more traditional Continental style. At the age of 7, Van Staden learned from his Italian grandmother, and knew by age 11 he wanted a career as a chef (in fact, according to the story, as a teen he was out earning money as a cook when his parents believed he was playing rugby).
--by Carolyn Spencer Brown, Editor