Posted September 14th, 2015
Celebrity Chefs At Sea
Dining is such an important part of cruising that many people often choose which cruise line they want to sail with and which ship they wish to sail in based on the choice of restaurants available. Most vessels will have at least two or three options when it comes to mealtimes and some, like the colossal Oasis of the Seas, will have anything up to 25 different dining venues.
In a bid to offer the best food at sea, cruise lines will often partner with celebrity chefs. These restaurants will entice cruisers as they know the food will be of a high quality and there’s always the chance that the chef himself will be on board.
Here are some of the best celebrity backed restaurants at sea.
Jamie’s Italian is a familiar highstreet brand which has been around since 2008 and which has at least 35 different branches across the UK and further afield. However, it wasn’t until 2014 that the loveable TV chef extended his collection to include a restaurant at sea. The first, aboard Royal Caribbean’s Quantum of the Seas, was swiftly followed by a second on board her sister ship Anthem of the Seas in 2015.
The move has proved to be a hit, especially with the large amount of families that sail with Royal Caribbean and enjoy the fact that Jamie always promotes healthy meals for children. Menu options on board both of these ships include ‘Lamb lollipop’, ‘The Jamie’s Italian burger’ and a variety of dishes that are perfect for sharing.
Todd English Restaurant
Todd English may not be a recognisable face here in the UK, but those who like to cruise aboard Cunard’s iconic ships will at least know the name. English is, ironically, more famous in America where he has an haute cuisine restaurant within the world famous Bellagio on the Las Vegas Strip. He has also hosted his own show, Food Trip with Todd English, and has a plethora of restaurants across the US.
The Todd English Restaurant can be found on board Queen Mary 2 where a range of Mediterranean dishes feature on the menu. This is not Todd’s only foray into the world of travel though, as he also helped prepare a menu for Delta Airlines in the past.
Sindhu can be found on board P&O Cruises’ Azura and Britannia and features the food of celebrity chef Atul Kochhar. Most likely to be seen on shows such as Saturday Kitchen and Great British Menu, Kochhar was the first Indian chef to receive a Michelin star and it is the food of his homeland that he has brought to the seas with Sindhu. Using the best British ingredients around, the restaurant offers delicious Indian dishes that delight the taste buds of every guest who chooses to dine there.
Being one of P&O Cruises’ food heroes, Atul Kochhar also has another restaurant which can be found on Arcadia and Ventura. East fuses food from countries such as China, Thailand and Japan with the Indian dishes that are known so well by this celebrity chef.
Jose Garces is another chef who is more famous across the pond than he is in the UK after becoming a regular personality on Iron Chef America since season eight. It has been announced that Ecuadorian born Garces will debut his first restaurant at sea aboard the forthcoming Norwegian Escape. This latest ship from Norwegian Cruise Line is set to be the biggest and best offering from them yet and Bayamo will play a big part in this.
The restaurant is inspired by the vibrancy and energy in the Cuban city of the same name. The menu will feature a variety of seafood options that have been given a Latin twist to provide an elegant, fine-ding eatery in the Waterfront part of the ship.
The White Room
Marco Pierre White is another of P&O Cruises’ Food Heroes and is therefore involved in the menus of many different restaurants across the fleet. As well as having a hand in dining venues such as Epicurean and Ocean Grill, and hosting extravagant gala dinners on new ship Britannia, the famously hard to please celebrity chef has his own eponymous restaurant on board Ventura.
The White Room is open for lunch, when it offers a casual place to eat, and dinner, when a fantastic fine-dining Italian experience awaits guests. The menu is full of authentic Mediterranean cuisine and includes dishes such as ‘Lasagne with Mediterranean vegetables’, ‘Grilled calves liver’ and ‘Marco’s Nonna’s Zabaglione’. This dining area is scheduled to be replaced by Epicurean in 2016.
If you would like to sample the food in any of these restaurants that are run by celebrity chefs, we can offer the chance to do so. Call us today for more information or to book your next cruise adventure.