Chef De Partie, Jerome Richard Jayaraj 32 year old Chef Chef De Partie, Jerome Richard Jayaraj is from Coimbatore in South India and has been worked with V.Ships for 8 years. He currently prepares meals on board the Silver Sea cruise ship helping to serve around 580 passengers every day. "When you work in a hotel or restaurant you are stuck in one place. When you work on a cruise line you can travel the world. This job was a good opportunity for me to travel and learn about many other world dishes. My favourite place to go is Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates. I also enjoy visiting Asia and places like Singapore. When I have a break in the evening I will explore the area we are visiting and try all the local food. My favourite meal to prepare is fresh pasta. "On the ship, the galley I work in is very large and has the most advanced kitchen machinery. Having this kind of easy to use technology - advanced grill, oven, hot plate, etc. means we can do things quickly and to a high standard. We can prepare food à la minute, this means we can serve a fresh meal within 15 minutes. "The biggest challenge of the job is guest satisfaction. We have a culinary 'bible' which the chief staff put together which has all our standard menus. We want 100% satisfaction for all our guests. Not just one, but every single person must be satisfied with their meal. It is my mission to give the guests a good product and make every guest happy. The best part of my role I would have to say is the teamwork in the galley and the way I can support all the other departments. "My experience with V.Ships has been very good. I've enjoyed working with them for the past 8 years and thanks to V.Ships I'm very proud of my career. For me, V.Ships is a company that works had to put the right person in the right place. They are very helpful to the crew and have a good teamwork approach as well as following all the correct medical and legal procedures for working at sea."