21 and is due to return there on Saturday. In response to the outbreak which the CDC said affected 14.5% of passengers and 1.5% of crew onboard a beefed up cleaning and disinfection plan has been put in place on the ship. The CDC is also working with the cruise line on how to deal with “active cases” and cleansing procedures for when the ship returns to Bayonne. Through its Vessel Sanitation Program, the CDC said it would send an epidemiologist and an environmental health officer to meet the ship and do a health assessment, as well as to monitor sanitation procedures. The predominant symptoms of the gastrointestinal illness are vomiting and diarrhea. “Those affected by the short-lived illness have responded well to over-the-counter medication being administered onboard the ship,” said Celebrity Cruises spokeswoman Cynthia Martinez. “At Celebrity Cruises we have high health standards for all our guests and crew. During the sailing, we are taking a number of steps to prevent the transmission of the illness, including implementing enhanced cleaning procedures and protocols, and using special cleaning products and disinfectants that are proven to kill norovirus to clean throughout the ship. These activities will continue as the sailing proceeds,” Martinez explained. Ill passengers on the current sailing were confined to their cabins to prevent further spread and will be compensated for their lost vacation time, she added. Martinez said an “extensive and thorough sanitizing onboard the ship and within the cruise terminal,” would also take place in Bayonne to prevent the illness from affecting the ship’s next sailing also on a Canada/New England itinerary, embarking Saturday.
Celebrity chefs serve up fancy fast foods using McDonald’s ingredients
By Jeanette Settembre / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Monday, September 30, 2013, 3:33 PM Comment Mark Von Holden Chef Dale Talde’s Kung Pao Chicken made with McDonald’s Chicken McNuggets, sweet and sour sauce, rice wine vinegar, peanuts and iceberg lettuce. Related Stories Who gives a hoot about pretty girls as waitresses?Its no reason to block Hooters from Brooklyn Leave it to celebrity chefs to make McDonalds fast food fancy. To counter negative attitudes toward its food, McDonalds held a chef event dinner at Three Sixty restaurant in Tribeca on Thursday night featuring dishes made by nationally recognized chefs using basic McDonalds ingredients elevating the drive-thru experience to fine dining. Mark Von Holden Photography Chef James Tahhan, cooking show star on Telemundo, prepares his Tortilla Esponola with an apple and cucumber chipotle salad made with McDonalds chipotle barbecue and honey mustard sauces I just want people to think differently about our ingredients, McDonalds Executive Chef Dan Coudreaut told the Daily News. People see ingredients like a perfectly round egg on an Egg McMuffin and they think its not a real egg, but theyre fresh cracked eggs every day. I cant change what people believe. Just get to know us a little bit better. RELATED: MCDONALD’S TO OFFER FRUIT, SALAD AS SIDES Mark Von Holden Photography Chefs Aaron McCargo Jr., Jessica Foust, Dale Talde and James Tahhan pose with their fancy fast food at the McDonalds celebrity chef-dinner at Three Sixty restaurant in Tribeca on Thursday. Attendees, a mix of media and franchisees sipped mojitos made from McDonalds Mango Pineapple Smoothie base by the chains dietitian, Jessica Foust, and used forks and knives to cut into chicken nuggets and fries. The multicourse menu featured ingredients like McDonalds crispy chicken, sweet and sour sauce, chipotle barbecue sauce, hash browns, cheddar jack cheese and espresso. Mark Von Holden Photography McDonalds corporate chef and dietitian Jessica Foust served up a slow-cooked beef with blueberry pomegranate sauce and french fry gnocchi. Among the entrees was a Kung Pao Chicken appetizer made by Chef Dale Talde, a former Top Chef contender and owner of Talde in Park Slope, that uses Chicken McNuggets sweet and sour sauce served in a bed of iceberg lettuce. RELATED: MAN ORDERS MCEVERYTHING SANDWICH IN MCDONALD’S Next, Telemundo cooking show star Chef James Tahhan prepared a tortilla espanola with garlic aioli served with a zesty apple and cucumber salad, which was followed by a bold barbecue chicken dish by Chef Aaron McCargo Jr., season four winner of The Next Food Network Star, who used crispy chicken doused in chipotle barbecue sauce, applwood smoked bacon and cheddar jack cheese served over a crispy hash brown.