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Culinary Cruising

Celebrity Chefs Now Rule the Waves By Veronica Matheson

Delicately presented Sushi is an eye-catcher at Nobu’s restaurants on Crystal Cruises’ luxury ships.

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elebrity chefs can be blamed for the disappearance of the bountiful buffet on many international cruise ships. These high-profile culinary wizards have made quality, not quantity, the focus of dining at sea. Japan’s Nobu Matsuhisa, America’s Thomas Keller, Britain’s Marco Pierre White, and Australia’s Curtis Stone, are some of the restaurateurs who have unwittingly pushed the once lauded buffet aside.

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Today the signature restaurants of celebrity chefs are a major drawcard on cruise ships, where guests can dine on Michelin-starred dishes for a lower cost than in the same chef ’s land-based restaurant. True, the celebrity chefs may not be on board the cruise ships too often, but they do drop by ports around the world to ensure their standards are being maintained. Thomas Keller, of Michelin-starred restaurants, includingf New York’s Per Se,

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California’s The French Laundry and Bouchon, has tied his name to Seabourn luxury cruise line. He meticulously trained the fleet’s chefs to create his distinctive dishes. In Keller’s dining venues on the Seabourn fleet’s — Odyssey, Sojourn, Quest — and the recently launched Encore, the menu might include a terrine of moulard duck foie gras as a starter, an entree of buckwheat gnocchi with tamari glazed shiitake mushrooms, golden beets, savoy

Chef Nobu Matsuhisa has signature restaurants onboard the luxury Crystal Cruises’ fleet.

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