Introducing the James Beard Foundation Culinary Cruise Collection for 2017/2018
October 18, 2017 | Islands of the West Med
Chef Amy Brandwein
Amy Brandwein is the chef and owner of Centrolina, a combined seasonal Italian restaurant and market that opened in CityCenterDC in spring 2015. Throughout her career, Chef Brandwein has earned many accolades, including recognition as a 2017 James Beard Foundation Award finalist for Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic. Other prominent honors for Chef Brandwein include RAMMY Award nominations from the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) for Chef of the Year in 2016 and 2017, New Restaurant of the Year in 2016 and Rising Culinary Star in 2007. In 2017, Chef Brandwein was accepted to the James Beard Foundation's prestigious Women's Entrepreneurial Leadership Program fellowship, and has earned additional scholarships from the foundation, as well as the International Association of Culinary Professionals.
November 10, 2017 | Jewels of the Windward Islands
Chef Keith Rhodes
Wilmington, North Carolina Chef Rhodes has a passion for seafood, which he shares at his restaurant Catch. Every ingredient in his delicious cuisine is consciously sourced from organic growers and local fisheries that support sustainable practices, so he’s a fantastic fit to help guests swim through seafood options in the Caribbean on this special sailing. Rhodes is recognizable from his time on Top Chef and is a James Beard Foundation award semifinalist for Best Chef Southeast.
December 9, 2017 | San Juan & the Virgin Islands
Chef Mario Pagán
San Juan, Puerto Rico’s (arguably) best chef, Pagán has been preparing meals rooted in Caribbean cuisine since his mother taught him in their family kitchen. Now he is the chef and owner of three San Juan restaurants ( SAGE Steak Loft, Dorado Beach & Golf Resort, MARIO PAGAN Restaurant) and has a mission to “bring Puerto Rican food to the world” – which he has furthered through his involvement in the James Beard Foundation Chefs Boot Camp for Policy and Change and also through multiple media appearances including the 3rd season of Next Iron Chef. On this round trip cruise departing from San Juan, there is no better chef to help guests discover the best flavors of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.
January 20, 2018 | Icons of Southeast Asia
Chef Andy Ricker
Ricker is the chef/owner of Pok Pok Restaurants
, with branches in Portland and New York City. He first visited Thailand as a backpacker in 1987. Since then, he has spent several months each year living, traveling, eating, cooking, and studying the food culture in Thailand and neighboring countries, including Vietnam. Among other achievements and accolades, Andy is a two-time James Beard Award winner and best-selling cookbook author. He replaces notable Chef Lee Anne Wong as the featured chef on the cruise, as Wong had to cancel due to family commitments.