Travel Talk

Published on August 19th, 2015 | by Ann Rickard

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Celebrity Chef Names

We’re used to celebrity chef names being banded about when we’re up in the sky: Neil Perry with Qantas, Luke Mangan with Virgin, Heston Blumenthal with British Airways.

Now we can look forward to big cheffy names on the high seas. .Ship

And the names don’t come much bigger than Curtis Stone.

The Aussie chef with global stardom has partnered with Princess Cruises to present culinary offerings across its 18 ships.

Over-eating on a cruise ship is mandatory for most. Willpower flies overboard within minutes of sailing.

So when the culinary temptations come with a celebrity chef name, there it little hope of discipline even for the strong-willed.

Best to give in, enjoy it all, and hit the gym every day.

Chef Curtis’ pedigree is an impressive as his genial personality. His restaurant Maude in LA is a smash hit with celebs, his books hit the New York Times bestseller list and his television shows enjoy high ratings.

Not bad for a Melbourne-born bloke who started cooking at 18 and honed his skills at Michelin restaurants in London. Yet Curtis still has that likeable Aussie laid-back approach which makes him a favourite with everyone from Oprah to the home cook. Now with his unmistakable touch on board Princess ships, it’s all about culinary paradise.

A Crafted by Curtis menu section will be on in the main dining room on all Princess ships.

Then there is a speciality restaurant and menu designed by Curtis on selected ships.  For a high-end gourmet adventure, a special Chef’s Table includes a galley tour and dinner created by Curtis Stone.

Guests on board Golden Princess will be the first to experience the Curtis touch when it sails out of Australia in October. Then the Curtis touch will be rolled out over the next months until it is fleet-wide by the end of the year.

Food is right up there on the top of the list of all the cruising highlights, and now this new Curtis Stone partnership will take the already-excellent dining experiences on board Princess ships to a thrilling new level.

“I’m set on bringing a new culinary experience to the sea to enhance and complete a cruise holiday,” Curtis said.

“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 I would want and food that I’d be thrilled to eat myself, at sea or anywhere else in the world.”

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About the Author

is a Noosa (Australia) local and author of six successful books, all humorous travel narratives. In 2005 Ann won the prestigious ASTW’s Australian Travel Writer of the Year and in 2007 she won the ASTW Travel Book of the Year. Ann takes a culinary tour to the South of France in June every year . Ann writes travel, dining and columns for the Sunshine Coast Daily and is the Life editor of the Noosa News. Ann also maintains a well read and popular blog site. Ann’s travels have seen her explore cuisines all over the world.



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