Cruise Buzz: Star Clippers' Culinary Voyages

star clippersStar Clippers has announced a series of culinary voyages for 2016 with some of Europe's top gourmet chefs and sommeliers. 

During these select sailings, on all three ships, guests will have the opportunity to take part in complimentary cooking demonstrations, wine and beer tasting, and culinary lectures. Each theme will reflect the region in which the ship is sailing. While in the Mediterranean, guests will learn about cooking with lemons, capers, and olives and sample European cuisine and fine wine. 

Star Clipper

Departure: May 14, 2016 (7 nights) Rome Roundtrip, Starting at $1,610pp
Sommelier Fabien Riot

Fabian Riot is a sommelier and certified butler, ranked the top National and European sommelier at the Toques Blanches competition in 1994. He managed the Michelin starred Gilles Goujon’s Restaurant, which is ranked the top 10 "best restaurants in the world.” He then came to Château l’Hospitalet in France to manage its Mediterranean restaurant, l’Art de Vivre.

Departure: June 18, 2016 (7 nights) Athens Roundtrip, Starting at $1,610pp
Sommelier Pascal Jolivet and Chef Christian Loisl

Sommelier Pascal Jolivet is one of the youngest owners of a wine estate in the Loire Valley in France, and is also the owner of the Metis Wines Estate in South Africa. Eleven wines from his vineyards earned a rating of 90 points or higher on the Wine Spectator 100 points scale. 

Christian Loisl is a Michelin starred chef, formerly with Le Carat Ludwigsburg. He refers to his cuisine as international, and his style and experimental dishes encompass various techniques. 

Star Flyer

Departure: August 20, 2016 (7 nights) Rome Roundtrip, Starting at $1,610pp
Sommelier Bruno David and Chef Mike Susser

Sommelier Bruno David and his wife Marie-Hélène are the owners of La Passion des Terroirs, Bordeaux’s largest family-run wine estate.

Chef Mike Susser is known for his appearances on German and Austrian TV. He is also the author of several cookbooks and owns a cooking school. He was named one of the “Top 20 Chefs in Austria” in 2014. 

Royal Clipper

Departure: May 7, 2016 (7 nights) Rome to Athens, Staring at $1,775pp
Chef Gwenaël Laroche

Chef Gwenaël Laroche, inspired by her travel experiences, creates varied and original food parings. 

Departure: August 20, 2016 (7 nights) Rome to Athens, Starting at $1,775pp 
Chef Jens Kirchenwitz

Michelin starred chef Jens Kirchenwitz has become very well known in the German food world in the last few years. He hosts radio and TV shows in Europe, has cooked for celebrities and toured with Jamie Oliver around Germany. 

Departure: October 1, 2016 (7 nights) Istanbul to Athens, Staring at $1,775pp
Beer Sommelier Annika Klee and Chef Martina Koempel 

Annika Klee is a world renowned German beer sommelier. Her beer experience includes running breweries in Greece and Namibia.

Chef Martina Compel has moderated countless cooking shows in German and French television. Her professional career began at Alain Senerens, a Michelin starred restaurant in Paris. She worked alongside Michel Roth at the Hôtel Ritz Paris.