5 Hot Celebrity Chefs Cooking on the Newest Ships
Top Chef Geoffrey Zakarian and Norwegian Cruise Line ended their partnership just as other chefs are announcing the start of theirs.
Here’s a look at five famous chefs cooking outside their typical brick and mortar landside establishments and bringing their talents to a cruise ship near you.
1. Curtis Stone and Princess Cruises
SHARE by Curtis Stone
Princess Cruises announced, restaurateur and TV Personality, Curtis Stone will be the latest chef to have his own restaurant at sea, SHARE.
The menu will be filled with signature dishes made for family-style dining. Expect dishes such as Charcuterie starter course; Butter Roasted Lobster with Caramelized Endive and Endive Foam; Tagliatelle with Roasted Alaskan Crab, Chili and Parsley; and Dark Chocolate Cremeux with Toasted Hazelnut Feuilletine and Burnt Vanilla Bean Ice Cream.
The ambiance of SHARE is a direct reflection of Chef Stone’s childhood mealtime experiences where the focus is as much about family as it is about the food. The restaurant décor is simple, giving it a comfortable and homey feel. Expect wooden communal tables with low-backed leather chairs and decorative (yet simple) lighting. It has a back-to-basics feel and looks like a farm-to-table type of restaurant.
The opening. SHARE is scheduled to debut on Ruby Princess and Emerald Princess this December replacing the Italian restaurant, Sabatini’s.
In addition to SHARE, guests sailing on any of Princess Cruises’ 18 ships will have the opportunity to savor the Crafted by Curtis menu items featuring fresh new dishes and dining experiences in the main dining room.
2. Jose Garces and Norwegian Cruise Line
Bayamo by Jose Garces and PinchoTapas Bar
James Beard Award-winning Iron Chef Jose Garces will be at the helm of two specialty restaurants on Norwegian Cruise Line’s newest and largest vessel, Norwegian Escape.
Bayamo by Jose Garces will highlight Latin dishes with a Cuban-influence in a chic dining room. The restaurant will also have an al fresco dining area on the ship’s outdoor Waterfront area. The menu will feature Latin American and Spanish inspired dishes such as Berenjenas, roasted eggplant with tomato rice and a saffron emulsion; and Bacalao Carbonizado, black cod with a squid ink glaze, saffron, and tomato and chorizo rice. It’s seafood with a Latin twist.
Chef Garces' second restaurant, PinchoTapas, is more laid back and the perfect spot to grab lunch on a sea day.
PinchoTapas Bar by Jose Garces will be the go to spot for traditional Spanish tapas served à la carte and prepared on an authentic a la plancha grill right at the bar in front of guests. Latin dishes will include Tortilla Espanola (Spanish omelet), Jamon Iberico (specialty ham imported from Spain that is thinly sliced), just to name two.
The opening. These restaurants will be two of the eight specialty restaurants on Norwegian Escape, set to sail this fall.
3. Thomas Keller and Seabourn
Thomas Keller Signature Restaurant coming in Spring 2016
You probably know him from one of his three Michelin-starred restaurants – French Laundry, Per Se, and Bouchon – Chef Thomas Keller is bringing his American and French cuisine to the ultra-luxury line of Seabourn. In their partnership, Chef Keller and Seabourn will reveal a new signature restaurant on Seabourn Quest in Spring of 2016. In the meantime, Chef Keller will use his culinary talents to develop an array of dishes, from appetizers to entrees to desserts, for dining venues aboard Seabourn Odyssey, Sojourn and Quest beginning fall of 2015.
4. Guy Fieri and Carnival Cruise Lines
Guy’s Burger Joint
In 2011, Carnival Cruise Lines was looking for someone to help them grill up the best burgers at sea and they went straight to restaurateur, Food Network personality and best-selling author, Guy Fieri. And from there, Guy’s Burger Joint was created.
This poolside lunch spot is a Carnival cruiser favorite. There’s always a line but it’s worth waiting. Order one of the fresh-off-the-grill burgers Guy’s way (with his special sauce) or take it off-road and add your own toppings.
You can expect to see Guy’s Burger Joint on Carnival’s newest ship Carnival Vista as well as Carnival Breeze, Carnival Freedom and Carnival Pride, just to name a few. And bonus, there’s no extra charge.
5. Jamie Oliver and Royal Caribbean International
Jamie’s Italian by Jamie Oliver
Jamie’s Italian is a relaxed family-style restaurant serving rustic Italian dishes in a laid-back environment. You can expect his famous antipasti planks and plates, starters, mains and sides as well as an award-winning kids menu and fresh pastas made on site every day. Open for lunch or dinner on Quantum of the Seas, Anthem of the Seas and the newest ship Ovation of the Seas launching in April 2016.
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