The appeal of the celebrity chef is showing no signs of slowing down, especially out at sea. P&O can attribute some of their recipe for success to Luke Mangan, Royal Caribbean International has superstar Jamie Oliver at the helm, it's not uncommon to find Luke Nguyen onboard APT and now Princess Cruises can name Curtis Stone as one of its own.
Much-loved top chef, admired restaurateur, New York Times bestselling author and all-round nice guy Curtis Stone has joined the line-up of chefs at sea in a new partnership with leading cruise line Princess Cruises.
Curtis' flair for fresh, wholesome flavour combinations will be spread across three special gourmet offerings onboard Princess Cruises' 18-ship fleet.
Guests will be treated to 'Crafted by Curtis' menu items in main dining rooms and the exclusive Chef's Table by Curtis Stone experience, designed by the masterchef himself. Select ships will also feature Curtis' first ever restaurant at sea, a bespoke space showcasing everything the king of the kitchen loves about great tasting food.
“Princess Cruises is known for visiting great worldwide destinations – I’m set on bringing a new culinary experience to the sea to enhance and complete a cruise holiday,” says Curtis.
“Since I travel often, I know that discovering delicious food and sharing a great meal can create some of the most memorable moments and I’ve designed my restaurants with this in mind. It’s important to me that guests have the experience that I would want and food that I’d be thrilled to eat myself, at sea or anywhere else in the world,” he adds.
In a taste of what's to come, the culinary focus will be on regional flavours, in which menus reflect the destinations that form the itinerary. Cruisers can expect dishes such as roasted pork belly with cognac apple sauce, chicken pot pie and a mouth-watering array of handmade pastas.
Princess Cruises' president Jan Swartz is ecstatic about this new collaboration.
“We take tremendous pride in preparing and serving our guests freshly made dishes served with passion and care.
“This is an exciting step for Princess and sure to delight our guests since Chef Stone also believes that great meals bring people together to create lifelong memories, much like travel.
“This partnership will appeal to Princess guests around the world and most certainly to those enjoying Australia-based cruises since Chef Stone hails from Australia and is incredibly popular in his homeland.”
The rollout will continue on Coral Princess sailing the Panama Canal and then Sun Princess, which will bring Curtis’ restaurant to his home country, Australia. Curtis Stone’s Chef’s Table experience will debut across the fleet beginning in early 2016.
We wait with baited breath for more details on menu items, the specialty restaurant's name as well as the complete roll out schedule.
Internationally known, Melbourne-born Curtis Stone began his cooking career at the age of 18 in Australia and later honed his skills at Michelin-starred restaurants in London. Curtis' career spans appearances on top-rated cooking programs across the globe, six cookbooks and his first solo restaurant Maude, which opened to rave reviews in Beverly Hills, California.