Thomas Keller has become the latest Michelin-starred chef to take his star power and cuisine to the high seas.
In a collaboration with luxury cruise liner Seabourn, the chef behind The French Laundry, Per Se and Bouchon in the US will develop a new signature restaurant brand aboard the Seabourn Quest next spring, which will then be expanded to the rest of the fleet.
Guests aboard the Seabourn Odyssey, Sojourn and Quest will also be able to sample Keller’s award-winning French and American haute cuisine during their cruise itineraries this fall.
“There is really no chef more accomplished or held in higher esteem than Chef Keller, and we are both honored and delighted to have a restaurateur of his stature take our onboard culinary offerings to an even higher level,” said Seabourn President Richard Meadows. “His culinary talent and sophisticated cuisine are beyond compare and the perfect match for our guests. We have no doubt our guests will be as excited as we are to taste and enjoy Chef Keller’s dishes on our ships.”
“There’s an inherent alignment of our philosophies, which makes our collaboration with Seabourn an exciting new opportunity for our restaurant group. We look forward to sharing our best practices and repertoire with Seabourn’s outstanding culinary team,” said Thomas Keller, Chef/Proprietor Thomas Keller Restaurant Group.
The partnership pairs two industry leaders. Saveur magazine, for instance, named Seabourn the best culinary cruise line for two years running, while Keller is a household name in the culinary world for becoming the first and only American-born chef to hold multiple three-star ratings from the Michelin guide and the first American male chef to be designated with the Chevalier of The French Legion of Honor, the highest decoration in France.