Top Celebrity Chefs At Sea

Posted September 9th, 2015


Smells, sights, tastes and sounds aren’t the only ways we describe an unexplored destination – food often becomes an equally memorable part of our holidays and can remind us of special experiences or a unique place. With cruise lines around the world leading the cruise food revolution, find out which of your favourite celebrity chefs have entered Poseidon’s realm, ready to bring you more unforgettable dining experiences across the high seas.

Jamie Oliver – Jamie’s Italian on Royal Caribbean International

Boasting over 30 restaurants across 14 countries, ‘Jamie’s Italian’ has made its mark on the world with its rich, flavourful high street food and relaxed, rustic vibe. Committed to the same ethos at sea as on land, the Jamie Oliver team brings fresh ingredients on board Royal Caribbean ships and make their pasta daily – from scratch. You’ll also be treated to a unique cruise-only menu that is sure to delight.

Luke Mangan – Salt Grill on P&O Cruises

Already operating restaurants in Australia, Tokyo and Singapore, Luke Mangan brings the finer side of dining to P&O Cruises in the form of the ‘Salt Grill’. Famous for his crab omelette, enoki mushroom salad and miso broth, Luke combines his French classical training with a unique Asian twist. You can even indulge in a decadent high tea in the afternoon, with fancy bites like mini Croque Madames and fresh blueberry macaroon sandwiches, all while sipping champagne as you watch the waves roll by.

Curtis Stone – SHARE on Princess Cruises

Aussie born Curtis Stone is the latest celebrity chef to join the culinary program at sea, forming a partnership with Princess Cruises in July 2015. Stone began his cooking career at the age of 18 in Australia and has since opened up his first solo restaurant in Beverly Hills, has starred on a number of top-rated cooking programs such as US Food Network's All-Star Academy and is a New York Times bestselling author with six cookbooks.  The anticipated debut of his new restaurant will take place on two Northern Hemisphere-based ships, Ruby Princess and Emerald Princess in December. Australians will be able to enjoy Curtis' signature meals and styles in April 2016 when the Sun Princess becomes the first Australian-based Princess ship to open SHARE.


One of the items on the SHARE menu

Marco Pierre White – The Epicurean, Ocean Grill and Café Jardin on P&O World

As one of the most respected chefs in the culinary world, Marco Pierre White earned three Michelin stars by the age of 33, becoming one of the youngest chefs to be awarded this honour. Having since found his way onto reality TV shows such as ‘Hell’s Kitchen’, ‘MasterChef’ and ‘The Chopping Block’, Marco continues his work in the kitchen with restaurants across the oceans with P&O. His approach fuses classic elements with modern dining, resulting in a sophisticated and stylish experience. Find finesse at ‘The Epicurean’ or have a heartier, British feast at ‘Ocean Grill’.

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Buddy Valastro – Carlo’s Bake Shop on Norwegian Cruise Line

Buddy Valastro, better known for his role as the baking whiz on TV Show, ‘Cake Boss,’ is now spreading sugary treats across the Atlantic. His range of creative cupcakes, Italian cookies and ricotta-filled cannolis have found their way from his bakeries in New Jersey to locations in Norwegian Cruise Line itineraries. This fourth-generation baker takes traditional Italian recipes and turns them into larger-than-life creative masterpieces that are almost too good eat. You can even pre-order a special ‘Cake Boss’ cake and have it delivered to your cruise ship!

Jacques Pépin – Oceania Cruises

With a treasure chest of accolades and awards, Jacques Pépin is one of the most recognised, legendary chefs in the world, having spent over 60 years in the industry. Jacques’ masterful French flair can be experienced on Oceania Cruises’ bistro, 'Jacques’. Seating approximately 80 guests, his French country cuisine is known for its simple style done well with high-quality ingredients, and can be artfully matched with wines from the ships’ extensive cellar. Jacques also works with all of Oceania Cruises’ Executive Chefs - his timeless touch is recognisable across the entire fleet.

Luke Nguyen – Australian Pacific Touring Cruising

With two restaurants (‘Red Lantern’ in Sydney and ‘Fat Noodle’ in Brisbane) and his own reality TV show exploring the culinary delights of his home country, Luke Nguyen has brought passion, knowledge and love to APT Cruising’s Vietnam and Cambodia cruises. Float down the Mekong River as you discover Vietnam through your stomach – a wok full of fresh lemongrass, crisp vegetables and juicy limes awaits you! Some of APT Cruising’s itineraries even include a day with Luke where he’ll show you phở, the country’s most recognised dish – as made by a local.

Are you salivating at the thought of all this wonderful, tastebud-satisfying food? To find out more about cruise lines and their culinary offerings – which are subject to change – or to book your next cruise, contact one of our friendly consultants on 1300 954 661 today!

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