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On Royal Caribbean cruise ships Jamie’s Italian’s good planks are always interesting.

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if you go more, with tender wagyu beef always on the menu. When on board for food-themed cruises, Chef Nobu invariably conducts cooking classes for the well-heeled guests. Oceania Cruises has a well-deserved reputation for fine dining, with its French executive culinary director, Jacques Pepin, who has served as personal chef to several heads of states, including Charles de Gaulle. One of his specialities is steak frites, yes, steak and chips, but with that distinctive Pepin touch. The most in-demand cruises aboard Oceania cruise ships are usually the epicurean-inspired voyages hosted by Pepin with special menus, engaging lectures and culinary demonstrations. Another celebrity chef, Jamie Oliver, has his Jamie’s Italian (named after similar on-land restaurants) on board Royal Caribbean’s Anthem of the Seas, Harmony of the Seas, Quantum of the Seas, and most recently Ovation of the Seas. These ships all feature in the top 10 list of the world’s largest cruise ships, each carrying around 5,000 passengers. Jamie’s Italian focuses on rustic Italian food with cured meats, cheeses and pickles, as appetizers, served on his trademark Chef Marco Pierre White is one of the celebrity chefs on board P&O Cruises’ fleet.

wooden “planks,” while the main course might run to a tasty pasta or risotto, or his signature porchetta, which is slow-cooked pork belly. Britain’s P&O cruise line has Atul Kochhar and Marco Pierre White as two of the celebrity chefs on its cruise ships. Kochhur is an award-winning chef who creates modern Indian cuisine with a British twist for his onboard Sindhu restaurants; White, the youngest British chef to be awarded three Michelin stars, shines in the Ocean Grill restaurants on P&O’s fleet. And for the sweet tooth, the oh-soBritish Cunard line now has a partnership with Godiva chocolates at Sir Samuel’s Cafe– named after the founder of Cunard cruise line–on the Queen Mary 2 where decadent arrays of pastries, indulgent ice creams and heavenly truffles are always available. This round-up of celebrity chefs on cruise ships does not feature all of them, nor does it list the unsung heroes of every cruise ship, the onboard culinary staff who make every meal an experience to be remembered long after the cruise is over.

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Veronica Matheson Australian-based food/wine/travel writer with major focus on international ocean/river cruising. Published in newspapers, magazines and online, with weekly post on australiancruisingnews.com. Regular reporter on Travel Writers Radio in Melbourne where she is occasional co-host. Former Melbourne Editor Australian Women’s Weekly, Former Travel Editor Escape, and Past vice-president of the Australian Society of Travel Writers.

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