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Celebrity Cruises to launch 'Top Chef at Sea' - a 'cooking' culinary experience

If you’re a foodie who also loves the cruising lifestyle, luxury Celebrity Cruises and Bravo’s “Top Chef” have partnered to present a culinary adventure with “Top Chef at Sea,” a winning recipe of TV’s fun food show and up-market cruising that starts in July through June 2015.

Bravo TV's Top Chef Contestants will be on board selected Celebrity Cruises starting in July for the new 'Top Chef at Sea' sailings.
Bravo TV's Top Chef Contestants will be on board selected Celebrity Cruises starting in July for the new 'Top Chef at Sea' sailings.
Courtesy Top Chef and Celebrity Cruises
Celebrity's Reflection Cruise Ship will host 'Top Chef at Sea' this November
Courtesy Celebrity Cruises

The Emmy® Award-winning cooking competition will offer “Top Chef” experiences onboard Celebrity’s technologically advanced luxury ships. Cruisers can enjoy chef –prepared dishes from the well-known series and new culinary creations to please any enthusiastic foodie.

This marks the cruise industry’s first Top Chef-themed licensing partnership on a large scale and will be available on ten award-winning Celebrity ships. For a sneak peek at “Top Chef” at Sea,” and the participating cruise ships, take a first-class, virtual tour on http://www.bravotv.com/blogs/the-dish/top-chef-is-setting-sail-for-the-h....

Celebrity is launching four specific cruises featuring former “Top Chef” contestants: the solsticized Summit, July 27; the Solstice, August 15. The Infinity, September 19; the Reflection, November 15. Enjoy food galore programs while sailing away to Bermuda, Alaska, Europe and the Caribbean.

Cruising foodies can also participate in complimentary cooking demonstrations, the show’s famous interactive ‘Quickfire Challenges’ and other Top Chef activities. For a more exclusive experience, and at additional cost, passengers can enjoy private cooking classes and events hosted by former chef contestants. Passengers will also enjoy dining with the chefs in the Main Restaurant during Top Chef Night.

In addition to the four exclusive cruises with “Top Chef” alums, Celebrity will also introduce ‘Quickfire Challenges’ and “Top Chef” inspired menu evenings onboard the ten participating ships through June 2015.

Lisa Kauffman, Vice-President of Marketing for Celebrity comments: “Embodying passion for creativity and culinary excellence, ‘Top Chef’ perfectly complements our already exceptional culinary line-up and innovative dining that guests enjoy while vacationing with us. We are thrilled to offer new, diverse experiences in the coming year that invite vacationers to engage in their favorite entertainment and culinary options exclusively onboard Celebrity.”

On the show TV side of the partnership, Jamie Cutburth, (Senior Vice President of Partnership Bravo & Oxygen Media) said that “‘Top Chef’ viewers are constantly asking for their chance to get a taste of the show first-hand. With their commitment to and excellence in providing top-tier gastronomic experiences, the partnership with Celebrity Cruises is a delicious way for us to satisfy this request for Bravo’s loyal and passionate fan base.”

Celebrity Cruises has always been applauded for its signature, award-winning cuisine and impeccable service throughout its luxurious fleet. The cruise line’s own chefs have prepared exclusive dinners at the prestigious James Beard House in New York City and have launched the cruise industry’s first pop-up restaurants in New York and San Francisco.

“Top Chef at Sea” is the next step up in giving Celebrity’s guests a food-lovers’ vacation experience of endless culinary possibilities.

Bravo recently announced the series will return for a twelfth season in the fall. For more details about “Top Chef at Sea,” visit www.celebritycruises.com/topchef. And, to learn about what other Celebrity cruises will fit best into your travel plans, go to www.celebritycruises.com.

Compiled and written by Don Church and Tony Schillaci, Out and Travelin’.