Introducing the James Beard Foundation Culinary Cruise Collection for 2017/2018
May 6, 2017 | Islands of the West Med
Chef Jennifer Jasinski
Denver restaurant powerhouse chef and winner of the James Beard Foundation Best Chef Southwest award, Chef Jen Jasinski is a natural fit to host this cruise from Rome to Barcelona, as her new restaurant Ultreia (opening this spring in Denver’s Union Station) will focus on food from Spain. Jasinski’s first and still wildly popular restaurant Rioja boasts a Mediterranean menu as well, so who better to guide guests through the Mediterranean’s most beautiful (and delicious) islands! Fans of Top Chef Masters will also recognize Jasinski from the show.
June 16, 2017 | Cuisines & Cultures of Spain, Portugal, and France
Chef Annie Pettry
Chef Annie Pettry uses classic French techniques on Southern and Midwestern ingredients at her lauded Louisville restaurant, Decca, where her wood-fired cooking program is a hot attraction. With her attention to locally farmed and small production ingredients, she’ll be an incredible Culinary Cuise Collection guide through the delicious coasts of Portugal, Spain, and France. Fans of Top Chef will recognize her from the show’s most recent season, and Pettry is an alumna of the James Beard Foundation Chefs Boot Camp for Policy Change.
August 4, 2017 | Lands of the Midnight Sun
Chef Paul Berglund
Minneapolis Chef Paul Berglund celebrates Minneapolis’ Scandinavian food heritage at his restaurant, the Bachelor Farmer, with fresh and simple dishes that change daily, making him the ideal fit for the journey from Iceland to Norway, and finally to Ireland. And as a former officer in the U.S. Navy, Berglund will be no stranger to sailing! Berglund is a James Beard Foundation award-winner for Best Chef Midwest.
September 2, 2017 | Gaelic Explorers
Chef Renee Erickson
Renee Erickson’s restaurants (The Whale Wins, The Walrus & the Carpenter, Barnacle, Bar Melusine, Bateau & General Porpoise) have been called “the reason why Seattle is one of the most exciting places to eat in the country.” The Seattle-based chef and author has an innovative approach to seafood and what can best be described as European country cooking. A fantastic choice to guide guests through Ireland and Scotland, she will no doubt also be a great resource for finding the best coffee, whiskey, and scotch in port. Erickson is a James Beard Foundation award-winner for Best Chef Northwest.
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 Lee Anne Wong
Honolulu Chef Wong has spent her career exploring global flavors, often cooking her fusion creations at the James Beard House in New York City and spending months traveling to kitchens around the globe (including Asia) to find new and exciting flavors and techniques. An original contestant on Top Chef, she has a very recognizable media career as a television chef, and her cookbook “Dumplings All Day Wong: A Cookbook of Delights from a Top Chef” has made many home chefs dumpling masters. Wong will handily lead guests from Hong Kong to Bangkok, easing guests into trying some “not so familiar” foods whenever possible.