And several of these famed chefs will soon team up to host one extraordinary sailing: Silver Whisper's "World of Relais & Châteaux," Voyage 4014, sailing May 31 to June 12, 2010, Nice to Southampton. Over twelve days, these five Relais & Châteaux chefs will take part in a culinary festival at sea celebrating New World cuisine:
Jonathan Cartwright, White Barn Inn (Kennebunkport, Maine, U.S.A.)
Anne Desjardins, L'Eau à La Bouche (Ste-Adèle, Québec, Canada)
Jacques Thorel, Auberge Bretonne (La Roche-Bernard, Britanny, France)
Mathew Macartney, Chateau Yering (Melbourne, Australia)
Jimmy McIntyr, Otahuna Lodge (Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand)
A second "World of Relais & Châteaux" cruise, highlighting Old World cuisine, is scheduled for Silver Spirit's Voyage 5032, sailing September 25 to October 2, 2010, Lisbon to Nice. Its roster of master chefs is still being finalized.
"Our Culinary Arts voyages are enriching lifestyle experiences offering a great way to travel and learn," said Rudi Scholdis, Silversea's director of culinary development. "Because we're able to bring together so many stellar chefs through our exclusive partnership with Relais & Châteaux, these theme cruises continue to grow in popularity with our guests."
On the Culinary Arts enrichment voyages, celebrity chefs will display their exceptional talents during dynamic and informative cooking demonstrations where guests can taste and learn firsthand the secrets of enticing signature dishes. These voyages also feature escorted provisioning trips to international markets (when the itinerary permits), food and wine pairings, creative regional dishes, and a five-course grand gourmet dinner. Throughout these special sailings, the featured guest chef and Silversea’s executive chef are on hand to share their culinary expertise and answer any questions.
Following is a list of chefs tapped to host Culinary Arts voyages:
Anton Mosimann: Considered by many to be the world's first super-chef, his eponymous restaurant in London has catered to world leaders and royalty. Mosimann, a Swiss national who received the "Order of the British Empire" for his contribution to England's culinary industry, will host Silver Cloud's Caribbean Voyage 1101, January 4 - 14, 2011, Barbados to San Juan.
Eyvind Hellstrøm: This Norwegian superstar chef, who earned two Michelin stars for Oslo's legendary Bagatelle restaurant, will host Silver Whisper's transatlantic Voyage 4026, September 2 - 14, 2010, Southampton to New York.
George Francisco: Awarded the coveted Sydney Morning Herald chef's hat in 2009 and 2010, Francisco is the executive chef of Jonah's, one of Australia's oldest and most respected hospitality establishments. A Relais & Châteaux member property, it overlooks fabulous Whale Beach in New South Wales. Francisco will host Silver Shadow's Alaska Voyage 3017, June 26 - July 6, 2010, Vancouver - San Francisco.
Luke Matthews & Cameron Rutherford: At Chewton Glen, a Relais & Châteaux hotel and restaurant in Hampshire, England, Matthews started his career cooking alongside Michelin-star head chef Pierre Chevillard. Now the property's executive head chef, Matthews will team up with development chef Cameron Rutherord to host Silver Whisper's Voyage 4029, October 4 - 14, 2010, New York to New York, exploring New England and Canada.
In addition to the September 25 "World of Relais & Châteaux" cruise, eight more Culinary Arts voyages, with hosting chefs yet to be named, are scheduled this year, as follows:
July 13 - 21: Silver Whisper, Northern Europe Voyage 4019, roundtrip from Copenhagen.
August 1 - 11: Silver Wind, Mediterranean Voyage 2025, Lisbon to Monte Carlo.
September 1 - 11: Silver Cloud, Northern Europe Voyage 1026, Reykjavik to London.
September 12 - 29: Silver Shadow, Transoceanic Voyage 3026, Vancouver to Tokyo.
September 30 - October 10: Silver Wind, Mediterranean Voyage 2032, Barcelona to Rome.
October 14 - 24: Silver Whisper, Caribbean Voyage 4030, New York to Barbados.
November 2 - 17: Silver Cloud, Transoceanic Voyage 1032, Barcelona to Barbados.
December 21 - January 4: Silver Shadow, Australia & New Zealand Voyage 3035, Sydney to Auckland .
And for wine enthusiasts, a Wine Series voyage will be hosted by Maggie Harrison, co-owner of Antica Terra Winery, Oregon, U.S.A., aboard Silver Spirit's Caribbean Voyage 5040, December 2 - 11, 2010, Fort Lauderdale to Barbados.