I have known Jacques professionally for several years. Jacques has always shown great creativity without losing the view of the bigger picture. His track record is that of effective change for the better in multiple disciplines. A true colleague and inspiration for many.
Frank Weber VP of Product Development for Norwegian Cruise Lines
I had the pleasure to work with Jacques at Celebrity Cruises where we launched five of the most amazing ships at sea and over 50 successful restaurants. Jacques’ creativity and his will to do everything quicker and better was inspirational! In his role as a VP of Food and Beverage for Celebrity Cruises he touched the lives of over 6,000 employees and many of them are still remembering their creative, driven and charismatic leader! I look forward to Jaques’ success and seeing his trendsetting culinary vision come to fruition through JVS Culinary Group.
Lorenzo Davidoiu Restaurant Operations, Royal Caribbean
Jacques Van Staden is one of the best chefs I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. He is creative, personable & his food is fantastic!
Ron Cribbet Founder and Principal, Aston-Remick, LLC; Executive Searches in Hospitality Industries
Jacques is the perfect combination of innovation, creativity and personality. He can make happen what others can only dream about. He is an inspiring and fun person to be around, and always delivers a product that you can be proud of.
Tony Tahmosh Principal Beverage Consultants
Never before, nor since, have I had the pleasure to work with someone so talented and creative and yet personable and positive. A true testament to the passion for his craft and the kindness in his heart!
Ivonne Paris Director of Creative Strategic Communication, Celebrity Cruises.
Jacques, we have had the most amazing experiences one could ever have. The service and phenomenal food has simply been more than mind-blowing. Thank you for the one-of-a-kind experiences and presentations.
Dan Mullen V.P. - Leasing and Development, Bedrock Real Estate Services
A few words to describe my colleague Jacques Van Staden. Creativity, Passion, Talent, Integrity, Honesty, and Success. I have worked with Jacques in the past and cannot wait for our next project together, he comes with my highest of recommendations!
Doug Fitzgerald VP Sales & Relations
It was an absolute pleasure working with you in the design of the downtown eatery/grocery/catering complex. Your vision is truly unique and your enthusiasm was contagious. Your dedication and energy set the bar for our entire team. Plus your food rocks!
Jeffery T. Budday Architect, Realtor - Studio B Consulting & Design LLC
Jacques and I have worked together for over 20 years. Our company manufactures custom equipment for Hotels and Restaurants. When I first met Jacques it was at the London Club in Las Vegas he wanted to truly bring back the most elegant table cart service anyone has done. We together built units that were gorgeous with his designs and ideas to do almost every course at the table. They were truly beautiful units for the hottest restaurant in town. Whenever Jacques move on I noticed he never settled for anything but the most elegant and famous places. Everywhere he went he took his personal touch and always took each establishment to another level. As I am sure you will see on his website. It's an honor to know Jacques and a pleasure to work with him. I think he is simply brilliant!! Jacques is the best at what he does and I am honored to work with him and also to know him as a good-hearted friend.
Jack Abbate Owner, Regency New York
Meticulous attention to detail with food & beverage preparation and presentation that I have never experienced. Marries global and local flavors effortlessly. Conveys modern and classic cooking techniques in a way that is easily explainable and understandable to anyone. So positive and influential that I jump at the chance to be a part of a team with Chef Jacques anytime 🙂
Elizabeth Gerrity Beverage Specialist
I worked with Jacques when at Royal Caribbean, with Jacques at the helm of the Food and Beverage Operations for Celebrity Cruises. Dynamic, innovative, creative and a game changer are words I use to describe Jacques, his work ethic and how he created a world class product on-board cruise ships. A true professional in every sense.
Sean Carwithen President, Ratu Ociana Recruiters