Certainly a line which knows a thing or two when it comes to meals at sea, Celebrity Cruises recently decided to lift anchor and head for shore to share its culinary expertise and approach with land-based foodies in a series of special events.
The line is currently in the middle of a special culinary tour of New York which began with a number of its representatives attending a health food trends panel held at the city’s Michelin-starred restaurant Rouge Tomate. The panel comprised a number of chefs and nutritionists who discussed the various health food trends in luxury dining before an audience of fellow experts, bloggers and reporters. Celebrity Cruises’ Associate Vice President of Food and Beverage Operations, Chef John Suley, was the line’s representative on the expert panel, which also included the Rouge Tomate’s own Corporate Executive Head Chef, Jeremy Bearman and Natalie Hancock, Senior Culinary Nutritionalist for SPE Certified, the certification programme which partners Celebrity Cruises in ensuring nutritional meals on-board its ships.
Next, Suley and his team headed for the James Beard House to headline Celebrity Cruises return to the legendary venue to host ‘A Taste of Modern Luxury’, in which they presented on-board recipes as well as created new culinary specialities. The line’s corporate sommelier Chanelle Duarte CSW was also on hand to curate a wine-pairing session. Celebrity Cruises made history last year when it became the first cruise line to cook dinner at James Beard House.
Suley and his team will soon be on-route to their next culinary port of call, the Food Network New York City Wine and Food Festival, hosted by Food and Wine magazine, where they will present a number of wine seminars and tasting sessions. During the festival, the line will also be partaking in the Grand Tasting by ShopRite, where Suley’s culinary team will present Celebrity’s Lawn Club Grill experience.
Celebrity Cruises culinary land voyage will also help to raise money for a worthy cause too, as proceeds from the Food Network New York City Wine and Food Festival will be going towards a number of hunger relief organisations.
By Simon Brotherton