Offering guests unforgettable at sea ‘food experiences’ has been pegged as one of 2015’s hottest cruise trends. And it’s not hard to see why. More than ever, passengers are turning to healthy living, better eating habits and quality cuisine. P&O is at the vanguard of the revolution with its highly anticipated ‘Food Heroes’ project that quite literally transforms Britannia into a foodie’s paradise.
A focus on first class food
Described by P&O as a vessel that’s “inspired by the past and designed for the future,” Britannia is the epitome of luxury cruising. As well as stylish interiors, state-of-the-art amenities and exceptional service, passengers will also be treated to a seriously inspiring food experience. In the lead up to her launch P&O has lined up its entire portfolio of food heroes and enlisted them to run cookery classes, host exclusive chef’s table dinners, participate in Q&A sessions and take part in book signings throughout the year.
So who’ll be lending their culinary star power? Let’s take a look…
The Cookery Club is the world’s first at-sea cooking school and English chef James Martin has been enlisted as the face of the establishment. Here, passengers will get the chance to kit up at 12 fully equipped cooking areas and get expert instruction on how to whip up culinary masterpieces.
Plush and luxurious, the Atrium is the perfect place for Eric Lanlard’s very own French style patisserie. From tangy tarts and melt in your mouth croissants to creamy éclairs and indulgent gateaux, afternoon tea is sorted!
As Britain’s long running ‘Queen of Baking’ the chance to sail with Mary Berry is an incredibly exciting opportunity. Particularly for passengers who love to get their oven mitts on while watching an episode of The Great British Bake Off!
Boasting four Michelin stars, Outlaw is one of England’s most well respected chefs. Passengers will get the chance to tap into the culinary secrets that made Cornwall’s Restaurant Nathan Outlaw and Knightsbridge’s Outlaw’s at The Capital such wild success stories.
As head of London’s Koffmann’s at The Berkeley, this Frenchman knows how to wow the capital’s fussiest food connoisseurs. His restaurant, La Tante Claire, is also one of the few establishments to have been awarded three Michelin stars. Ooo la la!
As a British born chef specialising in Italian cuisine, Randall is well versed in the art of whipping up award winning meals. He’s the proprietor of Theo Randall at the InterContinental Hotel London Park Lane and also won a Michelin star for his efforts at London’s The River Café.
Currently holding the position of head chef at London’s esteemed Wolseley restaurant, Keogh is renowned for his exquisite presentation and tantalising flavour combinations.
Recognise this name? That’s because you’ve probably seen him cooking up a storm on countless TV programmes for the past few years. He’s also co-owner of Plymouths’ Tanners Restaurant as well as Barbican Kitchen and Kent’s The Kentish Hare.
Celebrated as one of India’s most successful contemporary chefs, Singh oversees a trio of London restaurants – The Cinnamon Club, Cinnamon Kitchen and Cinnamon Soho. He’s a wealth of information for passengers who love their food with a touch of spice!
As the godfather of contemporary French cuisine, Galmiche’s technique is delicate yet delicious. He’s Executive Chef at The Vineyard in Berkshire and has also made an appearance on several TV shows.
Charming and charismatic, this Italian foodie is an expert in all things pizza, pasta and regional vino. He won over the nation when he partnered up with fellow foodie Gennaro Contaldo to film the BBC Two series, Two Greedy Italians.
Rankin exercised some serious Paddie pride when he became the firth Northern Ireland chef to be crowned with a Michelin star. He’s got a handful of cookbooks under his belt and is a regular guest on BBC’s Ready Steady Cook.
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