The rise of the celebrity chef has seen a new kind of professional cook emerge, and a new kind of foodie too, as their following grows in line with soaring reputation.
Now, these star-studded chefs are flying their flavour-packed flags at sea too, cooking up a storm on cruise ships around the world, turning the heads of even the most fearsome food critics. Who could resist a bite of big-name gourmet between lazy strolls by the pool? From Jamie Oliver to Curtis Stone, these are some of the most enticing celebrity chef restaurants at sea.
Jamie Oliver – Jamie’s Italian on Royal Caribbean International
Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver (aka the Naked Chef) joined Royal Caribbean for the launch of its Quantum Class of ships. Jamie Oliver brings his take on Italian with Jamie’s Italian, already a hit on land. Boasting over 60 restaurants worldwide, Jamie’s Italian has made its mark on the world with its flavoursome, authentic street food and relaxed atmosphere.
Chef Jamie Oliver may be one of Britain’s most famous food experts, but it’s his love of Italian cooking and the Italian way of life that drives the menu at Jamie’s Italian onboard.
Taking inspiration from Italy, the menu is packed full of cured meat, Italian cheeses – perfect for sharing, as well as delicious bowls of fresh pasta made from scratch on board, risottos, including wild mushroom and smoked mozzarella risotto, along with lasagne. fresh salads and grills. You will also be treated to an exclusive cruise-only menu to sink your teeth into.
Curtis Stone – SHARE on Princess Cruises
Australian celebrity chef, TV personality and author Curtis Stone linked up with Princess to create SHARE, an onboard alternative restaurant found on just a few Princess ships. SHARE is a six course fine-dining restaurant which will have your taste buds doing somersaults.
Sample menu items include a charcuterie or pantaleo cheese as a starter, a choice of three salads, including tomato romaine or lemon-poached prawn, ricotta cavatelli or pork ravioli as pastas, lobster tail, scallops or trout for the “surf” course, duck leg confit, striploin steak or lamb loin for the “turf” course, and a choice of desserts like dark chocolate hazelnut custard, citron tarts and toffee cheesecake. There’s also a vegetarian menu.
Guy Fieri – Guy’s Burger Joint on Carnival
Carnival has teamed up with best-selling author, restaurateur and Food Network personality, Guy Fieri and brings all the authentic appeal of a roadside burger shack to Guy’s Burger Joint, the cool poolside spot to enjoy mouth-watering burgers and hand-cut fries. There’s only a few burgers on the menu to choose from being:-
- Plain Jane – Your basic grilled beef on a roll, with or without cheese. This burger essentially forms the basis around which the other four are built.
- Chilius Maximus – Plain Jane with a crispy “Rojo” onion ring, cheese and chilli sauce.
- Straight Up – Plain Jane with melted cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion and pickle, topped with another Fieri signature “Donkey Sauce”, which is a mayonnaise-based sauce supplemented with roasted garlic, Worcestershire and mustard and is certainly flavourful.
- Pig Patty – Same as the Straight Up burger with a patty made from bacon, not beef.
- The Ringer – The Straight Up burger with a Rojo onion ring but instead of Donkey Sauce, comes with Guy’s Bourbon and Brown Sugar BBQ sauce.
Luke Mangan – Salt Grill on P&O Cruises
An unforgettable dining experience is a highlight of every good holiday. Luke harnesses his experience, creativity and passion to turn the freshest and finest Australian ingredients into signature dishes like the crab omelette, enoki mushroom salad with miso broth, and the famous liquorice parfait with lime syrup. At sea, Salt grill is exclusive to P&O Cruises and its popularity has inspired land-based Salt grill restaurants in some of the best cities across the globe.