P&O Cruises has revealed plans to run a comprehensive cookery school with culinary classes for guests of all ages and abilities – due to open next March aboard the Britannia – the line’s largest ship. The programme will be the first British cookery school at sea, providing guests with expert tips and advice from professional chefs.
Rob Cottam – whose particular expertise include Far Eastern Cuisine after spending time abroad across Malaysia and Australia – will join the line as resident chef and manager of The Cookery Club after previous experience in a similar role with Leith’s School of Food and Wine as well as Ashburton Cookery School.
“Many of the classes will reflect the ports of call so passengers can go to local markets, vineyards and see speciality producers in the morning before an afternoon learning how to use wonderful Mediterranean, European and Caribbean ingredients, herbs and spices to create exciting dishes they can recreate at home,” said Cottam whilst commenting on the upcoming British Cookery School programme. “For example during our call to Lisbon the classes may include traditional pastel de nata, custard tarts; or our day in Olden may have a fish masterclass to include filleting and many different cooking techniques. There will also be chocolate, Moroccan and bread speciality classes as well as more general Sunday brunch and French and Italian bistro favourites.
Each participant will have access to one of 24 innovative cooking stations and receive guidance from a number of renowned celebrity chefs including James Martin, Marco Pierre White (pictured right), Atul Kochhar, celebrated patisser Eric Lanyard and cheese expert Charlie Turnbull. A number of other famous chefs will join the Britannia cooking school, offering guests master classes in a variety of culinary techniques.
P&O claims that the classes will cater to students of all ages and abilities, so no matter how much a beginner a passenger may be – they will be welcome to take part and develop their skills in the kitchen in the process.
To discover more about the range of P&O Cruise available aboard the Britannia in 2015, simply call our experienced Cruise Concierge team. They will guide you through exactly what is available and help you find your perfect sailing.