Princess Cruises to add Australian celebrity chef’s speciality restaurant

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Princess Cruises has announced that a new speciality restaurant called ‘SHARE by Curtis Stone’ will soon be installed on four of its ships.

Born in 1975 Curtis Stone is an Australian celebrity chef and has authored a series of cookery books and appeared on television. The restaurants on-board select Princess Cruises’ ships will be the celebrity chef’s first at sea. Family-friendly SHARE will offer a menu of signature dishes made for sharing set within a relaxed and sociable environment.

Menu items will include:

  • A Charcuterie starter course
  • Butter Roasted Lobster with Caramelized Endive and Endive Foam
  • Twice Cooked Duck Leg with Fennel, Bacon jus and Parmesan Crumb
  • Tagliatelle with Roasted Alaskan Crab, Chilli and Parsley
  • Dark Chocolate Cremeux with Toasted Hazelnut Feuilletine and Burnt Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

A signature feature of SHARE will be a communal table designed to encourage the sharing of a freshly prepared meal in the company of friends and family. Hand-blown glass pendants etched with some of Chef Stone’s favourite recipes will cast a glow over the table.

Chef Curtis Stone
Chef Curtis Stone

Jan Swartz, President of Princess Cruises said “We’re honoured that Princess Cruises is the home of Curtis Stone’s first restaurant at sea. We know our guests will enjoy the menu Chef Stone has created for SHARE and we’re sure they will also feel right at home dining in his new restaurant, just like we hope they always feel on a Princess cruise vacation. SHARE is an exciting new enhancement adding to our guest experience intended to fulfil our ‘come back new’ brand promise.”

Chef Curtis Stone added “It’s only natural that my first restaurant at sea is named SHARE, as sharing food family-style with family and good friends is the most enjoyable way to eat. I love the process of passing plates amongst each other and creating meaningful connections through the food and conversation. I’ve worked feverishly to create elegant, tasty dishes that I’m really proud to serve in a beautiful and relaxed environment, and I’m excited that SHARE is set to become a special part of people’s holiday memories and experience at sea.”

SHARE will début aboard Ruby Princess and Emerald Princess this December, Coral Princess in January 2016 and then Sun Princess in April.

Princess Cruises’ exclusive partnership with Chef Curtis Stone also means that select “Crafted by Curtis” menu items will be offered in the main dining rooms. These will début aboard Golden Princess in the autumn and roll out fleet-wide through the end of 2015.

Curtis Stone’s “Chef’s Table experience” will also be introduced in early 2016.

This signing is the latest in a long list of celebrity chefs working with cruise lines. P&O Cruises boasts the talents of its Food Heroes Atul Kochhar, Marco Pierre White, James Martin, Eric Lanlard, Charlie Turnbull and Olly Smith; Cunard Line works with Todd English; Royal Caribbean benefits from the talents of Jamie Oliver and Michael Schwartz; NCL ships feature menus from Geoffrey Zakarian and Jose Garces; Carnival Cruise Line works with Guy Fieri; Crystal Cruises offers dishes from Nobuyuki Matsuhisa; and Oceania works with Jacques Pepin. In addition, Arnaud Lallement has advised Disney Cruise Line and Andreas Viestad has helped Hurtigruten.

(Photo credit to Princess Cruises)