Windstar Cruises is partnering with the James Beard Foundation on select 2016 sailing to offer guests an elevated culinary experience aboard three themed cruises in 2016, said the company in a statment.
Dubbed “The James Beard Foundation Collection,” the portfolio of sailings will bring guests closer to the culture of their destination by allowing them to experience the best of each port with "the most delicious and sumptuous tastes of the region."
Each sailing in the James Beard Foundation Collection will include a James Beard-featured chef, who will serve as the on board culinary ambassador for guests offering cooking demonstrations, a nightly featured dish, and ample opportunities for one-on-one interaction. A full line up of host chefs and associated wine experts selected for each cruise will be announced in January 2016 at an event at the James Beard House in New York City.
“It’s very important to us at Windstar to expose our guests to local culture and cuisine throughout their time on board, creating a more intimate connection to the world around them, so partnering with one of the most respected culinary organizations in the world is a natural fit,” said Hans Birkholz, Windstar Cruises’ chief executive officer. “Our new James Beard Foundation Collection takes Windstar’s commitment to local food culture a step further and is perfect for any traveler who approaches a new destination with their next meal in mind.”
“We are delighted to partner with Windstar in 2016 to bring together the expertise of three James Beard recognized chefs with the cruise line’s fantastic culinary itineraries through Spain, Morocco, and France,” said Kris Moon, Vice President of the James Beard Foundation. “Guests will have the special opportunity to enjoy the cultural delights of these amazing locations in the company of some of our country’s most accomplished chefs.”