Thirteen former contestants who appeared on Bravo’s Emmy® Award-winning series “Top Chef” will set sail on four exclusive Celebrity Cruises vacations beginning in July 2014 as part of the “Top Chef at Sea” experience.
The Celebrity Cruises and Bravo partnership gives fans the opportunity to vacation with their favorite ”Top Chef” alums and experience their dishes, including complimentary cooking demonstrations, interactive Quickfire Challenges and other activities. For a more exclusive experience, guests can choose to enjoy private cooking classes and events hosted by the Top Chef contestants.
On July 27, guests can set sail onboard Celebrity Summit to the charming and colorful island of Bermuda for seven nights with three culinary experts including:
•Spike Mendelsohn, a Top Chef Chicago and Top Chef All-Stars contestant and co-owner and Chef at Béarnaise, We, The Pizza and Good Stuff Eatery in Washington, D.C.
•Ash Fulk: Top Chef Las Vegas contestant; Chef de Cuisine at Hill Country Barbecue Market in Brooklyn
•Angelo Sosa: Top Chef D.C. and Top Chef All-Stars contestant; Chef and Owner of Añejo in NYC and Poppy Den in Las Vegas
Those looking to experience a luxurious outdoor adventure can vacation onboard Celebrity Solstice, beginning August 15, for a seven-night journey to Alaska with four of their favorite contestants including:
•Paul Qui: Top Chef Texas winner; Chef/Owner of Qui and East Side King in Austin
•Tiffani Faison: Top Chef Season 1 runner-up and Top Chef All-Stars contestant; Chef/Owner of Sweet Cheeks Q in Boston
•Brooke Williamson: Top Chef Seattle runner-up; Co-Executive Chef and Co-Owner of Hudson House, The Tripel and Playa Provisions in California
•Nina Compton: Top Chef New Orleans runner-up and Fan Favorite winner; Chef de Cuisine for Scarpetta Miami at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach hotel
On September 19, vacationers can set their sights on the most romantic cities in Europe on the ‘France & Iberian Discovery Cruise.’ Guests can wine and dine in modern luxury style for 12 nights onboard Celebrity Infinity with chefs including:
•Chris Crary: Top Chef Texas contestant and Fan Favorite winner
•Kristen Kish: Top Chef Seattle winner
Guests can escape to warmer weather onboard Celebrity Reflection as it sails on November 15 to the Caribbean for a seven-night escape in paradise with four Top Chef contestants:
•Hosea Rosenberg: Top Chef Season 5 winner; Owner of Blackbelly Market (opening summer ’14), Blackbelly Catering & Events and Blackbelly Farm
•Casey Thompson: Top Chef Season 3 and Top Chef All-Stars contestant; Chef of Aveline and The European in San Francisco
•Tiffany Derry: Top Chef D.C. and Top Chef All-Stars contestant; Owner of TD Concepts
•Shirley Chung: Top Chef New Orleans contestant; Chef/Owner of Chung Lee Consulting
Quickfire Challenges and “Top Chef”-inspired menu evenings will be available onboard all Celebrity Cruises ships, with the exception of Celebrity Xpedition, for all sailings departing July 2014 through June 2015.
Celebrity Cruises is known for the modern luxury it offers throughout its fleet, with cool, contemporary design and warm spaces. Its cruises have been praised for their signature, award-winning cuisine and impeccable service across the luxurious fleet. From cooking exclusive dinners at the prestigious James Beard House in New York City to launching the cruise industry’s first pop-up restaurants in New York and San Francisco, “Top Chef at Sea” is the next step in embarking guests on a rich vacation experience of endless culinary possibilities. For more details about “Top Chef at Sea,” visit its website.
Celebrity Cruises’ iconic “X” is the mark of modern luxury, with its cool, contemporary design and warm spaces; dining experiences where the design of the venues is as important as the cuisine; all created to provide an unmatchable experience. Celebrity Cruises‘ 10 ships offer modern luxury vacations visiting all seven continents. Celebrity also presents immersive cruise tour experiences in Alaska and Canada. Celebrity is one of six cruise brands operated by global cruise vacation company Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. For more information, call (800) 437-3111, visit Celebrity’s website, or speak to a travel agent.
Photos Courtesy of Celebrity Cruises
Carrie Coolidge is a Pursuitist contributor based in Manhattan. From 2009 to 2011, Carrie served as Co-Editor of Luxist, the luxury lifestyle website at AOL where she ran the Luxist Awards, a program that honored the very best in fine living. From 1996 to 2009, Carrie was a Staff Writer at Forbes magazine, where she covered real estate, personal finance and the insurance industry, among other areas. Carrie is also the author of six books, including "The Business of America is Business". Follow her on Twitter: @carriecoolidge