Sailing on Britannia, the newest cruise ship to launch from P & O Cruises promises to be a mouth-watering experience. At the event that I attended I was able to taste some of the delicious food that will be on offer and learn about the Food Heroes who are behind the culinary experience on Britannia and the other cruise ships in the P & O fleet.
Marco Pierre White, known as The Godfather of UK celebrity chefs will continue his association with P & O cruises in creating signature dishes for guests to enjoy at the gala dinners on board, such as marbled game, pear and pine nut terrine or breast of Gressingham duck with black cherry sauce.
I was also able to watch a demonstration from Michelin Star chef Atul Kochhar known as The Master of Spices, as he prepared one of his Indian inspired dishes that will be served in Sindhu, the fine dining restaurant on board Britannia. We Brits do love our curry, but this takes the spicy experience to a whole new level.
Britannia will also introduce new Food Heroes such as Eric Lanlard, a master pâtissier known for his London Cake Boy cookery school and cafe as well as his TV appearances. Eric will be designing the French-style patisserie served in the Market Cafe in Britannia’s Atrium as well as a champagne afternoon tea experience to be enjoyed in the fine dining restaurant. I was able to taste some of the cakes myself which were delicious as well as being a feast for the eyes.
Another new feature on Britannia is the Cookery Club that has been designed by TV Chef James Martin, with a dedicated space of 12 cookery stations where guests can watch the chef’s demonstration and then try their hand in a two hour cookery lesson, followed by a chance to eat their dishes. James Martin will be travelling on some of the cruises throughout Britannia’s maiden season to teach classes while others will be taught by chefs he has trained.
For those of you who like to enjoy a glass or two of wine on your cruises, TV wine expert Olly Smith has been brought on board to select the wines that will be served in Britannia’s Glass House restaurant and bar. Over 30 wines will be available by the glass and Olly has written tasting notes to enable guests to make a perfect match between the food dishes and the wine.
One of the great pleasures of cruising is to take a break from the cooking and spoil yourself with delicious new tastes in food and wine, and Britannia is certainly taking the culinary experience to new levels. You can find more about the cruises available in her maiden season and register your interest now on the P & O Cruises website.
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