Celebrity Chefs Set To Host Silversea Culinary Arts Voyages

(4 May 2010) Some of the world’s most celebrated chefs and rising stars are set to host Silversea Culinary Arts voyages in the coming months. These unique culinary theme cruises showcase the artistry of award-winning chefs of top dining establishments from around the world, including the internationally acclaimed chefs of Relais & Châteaux, the distinguished international association of charming properties and finest restaurants.

And several of these famed chefs will soon team up to host one extraordinary sailing: Silver Whisper’s “World of Relais & Châteaux,” Voyage 4014, sailing 31 May to 12 June 2010, Nice to Southampton. Over twelve days, these five Relais & Châteaux chefs will take part in a culinary festival at sea celebrating New World cuisine:

Jonathan Cartwright, White Barn Inn (Kennebunkport, Maine, USA)
Anne Desjardins, L’Eau à La Bouche (Ste-Adèle, Québec, Canada)
Jacques Thorel, Auberge Bretonne (La Roche-Bernard, Britanny, France)
Mathew Macartney, Chateau Yering (Melbourne, Australia)
Jimmy McIntyre, Otahuna Lodge (Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand)

A second “World of Relais & Châteaux” cruise, highlighting Old World cuisine, is scheduled for Silver Spirit’s Voyage 5032, sailing 25 September to 2 October 2010, Lisbon to Nice. Its roster of master chefs is still being finalised.

Rudi Scholdis, Silversea’s director of culinary development, said: “Our Culinary Arts voyages are enriching lifestyle experiences offering a great way to travel and learn. Because we’re able to bring together so many stellar chefs through our exclusive partnership with Relais & Châteaux, these theme cruises continue to grow in popularity with our guests.”

On the Culinary Arts enrichment voyages, celebrity chefs will display their exceptional talents during dynamic and informative cooking demonstrations where guests can taste and learn firsthand the secrets of enticing signature dishes. These voyages also feature escorted provisioning trips to international markets (when the itinerary permits), food and wine pairings, creative regional dishes, and a five-course grand gourmet dinner. Throughout these special sailings, the featured guest chef and Silversea’s executive chef are on hand to share their culinary expertise and answer any questions.

Following is a list of chefs tapped to host Culinary Arts voyages:

Anton Mosimann: Considered by many to be the world’s first super-chef, his eponymous restaurant in London has catered to world leaders and royalty. Mosimann, a Swiss national who received the “Order of the British Empire” for his contribution to England’s culinary industry, will host Silver Cloud’s Caribbean Voyage 1101, 4 – 14 January 2011, Barbados to San Juan.

Eyvind Hellstrøm: This Norwegian superstar chef, who earned two Michelin stars for Oslo’s legendary Bagatelle restaurant, will host Silver Whisper’s transatlantic Voyage 4026, 2 – 14 September 2010, Southampton to New York.

George Francisco: Awarded the coveted Sydney Morning Herald chef’s hat in 2009 and 2010, Francisco is the executive chef of Jonah’s, one of Australia’s oldest and most respected hospitality establishments. A Relais & Châteaux member property, it overlooks fabulous Whale Beach in New South Wales. Francisco will host Silver Shadow’s Alaska Voyage 3017, 26 June – 6 July 2010, Vancouver – San Francisco.

Luke Matthews & Cameron Rutherford: At Chewton Glen, a Relais & Châteaux hotel and restaurant in Hampshire, England, Matthews started his career cooking alongside Michelin-star head chef Pierre Chevillard. Now the property’s executive head chef, Matthews will team up with development chef Cameron Rutherord to host Silver Whisper’s Voyage 4029, 4 – 14 October 2010, New York to New York, exploring New England and Canada.

In addition to the September 25 “World of Relais & Châteaux” cruise, eight more Culinary Arts voyages, with hosting chefs yet to be named, are scheduled this year, as follows:

13 – 21 July: Silver Whisper, Northern Europe Voyage 4019, roundtrip from Copenhagen.

1 – 11 August: Silver Wind, Mediterranean Voyage 2025, Lisbon to Monte Carlo.

1 -11 September: Silver Cloud, Northern Europe Voyage 1026, Reykjavik to London.

12 – 29 September: Silver Shadow, Transoceanic Voyage 3026, Vancouver to Tokyo.

30 September – 10 October: Silver Wind, Mediterranean Voyage 2032, Barcelona to Rome.

14 – 24 October: Silver Whisper, Caribbean Voyage 4030, New York to Barbados.

2 – 17 November: Silver Cloud, Transoceanic Voyage 1032, Barcelona to Barbados.

21 December – 4 January: Silver Shadow, Australia & New Zealand Voyage 3035, Sydney to Auckland .

And for wine enthusiasts, a Wine Series voyage will be hosted by Maggie Harrison, co-owner of Antica Terra Winery, Oregon, USA, aboard Silver Spirit’s Caribbean Voyage 5040, 2 – 11 December 2010, Fort Lauderdale to Barbados.