Mark Bittman a Culinary Draw on Crystal Cruises

Crystal Cruises has announced its 15th annual Wine & Food Experiences of Discovery series in 2011. They have big names from the culinary world who will be part of different cruises and create unique experiences for the guests. Mark Bittman is one of the culinary draw. He writes for the NY Times regularly and is seen on television often judging the food reality shows.

Mark Bittman is scheduled to be part of the October 1 cruise in the Mediterranean. There are other five luxury cruises that would be hosting a celebrated chef. There would be wine experts and mixologists on the cruise depending on the region being covered by a particular cruise. Ramsus Kofoed, the recent winner of 2011 Boscuse d’Or will be sailing on June 13 along with Charles Tjessem, Master of Wine Philip Goodband and U.S. Bartenders Guild President Dave Nepove.

Michelin Star chef Alessandro Stratta, Gaia Gaja of the Gaja Italian wine estate and TV chef Jon Ashton will form another team for the August 2 Western Europe/Mediterranean cruise. The cruises will offer chefs’ demos, wine tastings, pairing sessions, cocktail-making classes, “Iron Bar Chef” competitions, and/or sushi-making classes by Nobu-trained chefs. Ultimate Vintage Room Experience is planned as an indulgent $1,000/person seven-course extravaganza. The local experts in different locations will contribute to enrich the whole experience.

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