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Fortunate enough to have discovered his passion at a young age and after more than two decades in New York City’s cutting-edge and highly respected culinary arena, Michelin-starred Chef Cornelius Gallagher oversees premium cruise brand Celebrity Cruises’ food and beverage operation. As Vice President, Chef Gallagher leads more than 5,000 food and beverage professionals, and is responsible for all aspects of service, beverage and culinary operations across Celebrity’s 13 award-winning ships.
Having recently served as Royal Caribbean International’s director of culinary operations for its 23-ship fleet, Gallagher led Royal’s culinary oversight and direction, including concept development and innovation. Prior to his time in the cruise industry, Gallagher notably served as Executive Chef for Michelin-starred restaurant “Oceana” in Midtown Manhattan, where he earned a number of awards and accolades, including being named one of Food & Wine Magazine’s “Best New Chefs in America”, “Most Influential Chef in New York” by New York Magazine and “One of the Finest Chefs Worldwide” by the Academy of American Hospitality. At Oceana, Gallagher earned a coveted “4 Stars” from the New York Post, “4 Stars” from Crain’s Business News, “3 ½ Stars” from the New York Observer and “3 Stars” from the New York Times.
Born in Bronx in 1972, Chef Gallagher began cooking at the age of 12. At age 15, he entered a vocational culinary school while still in high school, which led to competing for and winning the “Top Young Culinarian” award at age 16. He continued to pursue his passion for cooking at the world’s premier culinary school, “The Culinary Institute of America” in Hyde Park, NY. His impressive career includes time honing his craft at some of the top restaurants in world including El Bulli, L’Esperance, Daniel, Bouley, Lespinasse and Peacock Alley at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel.
Leading Celebrity's visionary approach to culinary experiences at sea, which has won the brand many awards, Chef Gallagher will introduce inspiring new restaurant, bar and interactive culinary concepts to the Celebrity fleet, including developing new, world-class experiences for the brand’s innovative Edge Series of ships. His fresh approach to making guests feel excited about dining will challenge even the most experienced palates.
Mr. Gallagher currently lives in South Florida with his wife and two children.