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FROM THE GALLEY SHIP TO SHORE
Like many celebrity chefs before him, the Naked Chef
is taking his dining concept to the high seas.
Words Nahrain John
personality Jamie Oliver says
whenever he thinks about
travelling he thinks about planes. But all
that’s expected to change now that he is
opening his first at-sea restaurant aboard
Royal Caribbean’s Quantum-class ships.
He is hoping to be among the first
passengers to board Quantum
of the Seas later this year – and
is looking forward to handing
over his four “feral” children to
the kids’ club staff.
Jamie’s Italian restaurant
was founded four years ago
in Oxford and he now has 30
of them in seven countries,
Now he is expanding the
franchise onto the high seas,
with Jamie’s Italian opening its
doors on Quantum of the Seas
in November and on Anthem
of the Seas in 2015.
British chef never expected to
open a restaurant on a cruise
ship, but says his inspiration
for the venue comes from
cruises he went on as a child.
He says Royal Caribbean’s
and high-energy ships gave
him an opportunity that was
too good to turn down.
“Royal Caribbean simply couldn’t do what
they do without a really incredible culture,
energy and massive high standards and that’s
exactly what we do at Jamie’s Italian,” he
explains. “The way I see it, Royal Caribbean
has always pushed the boundaries. It has
always been one step ahead of everyone else
and I think Jamie’s Italian can fit into that
and offer something really different.”
He says the menu on board will be similar
to those at current Jamie’s Italian restaurants,
but with a slight tweak.
“Since I was a teenager I’ve been besotted
by the love, passion and verve for food,
family and life itself that just about all Italian
people have, no matter where
they’re from or how rich or
poor they maybe,” he explains.
“And that’s what I’m
passionate about – good food
for everyone, no matter what.
“What we want to do on
the ships is create the most
incredible experience with
handmade, home-made food.”
So what will Jamie, famous
for his campaigns against
processed foods, be putting on
the Quantum menu?
His staff will be plating up
antipasti planks with fennel
salami, pistachio mortadella,
prosciutto and schiacciata
piccante, along with Italian
cheese planks and buffalo
mozzarella with chilli and
mint, pecorino and chilli jam.
There will be pastas
aplenty: seafood bucatini, crab
spaghetti, prawn linguine and
tagliatelle bolognese. Signature
main courses will include the porchetta – a
slow-cooked pork belly filled with herbs,
garlic and spices; and Jamie’s Italian burger
– flank steak with smoked mozzarella,
mortadella, balsamic onions, tomato, pickles
and chilli served on a charred bun.
There will also be lamb lollipops – lamb
chops grilled under a brick with a pickled
mint, tarragon and red onion salad, toasted
nuts and a lemony yoghurt dressing; and the
bresaola and pear salad – sliced beef and pear
mixed with wild rocket, toasted pine nuts
and pecorino cheese.
For dessert, guests will struggle to choose
from six rich dishes including the traditional
tiramisu, an epic home-made brownie,
freshly baked frangipane tart or raspberry
and chocolate-rippled pavlova.
“We want to balance great service with
great food and an energy that is not uptight,
and we wanted it to be a modern expression
of Italian food,” Jamie says.
Interiors will have touches of Italian.
And the dress code? Smart casual, of course.
‘What we want to do on the ships is create the
most incredible experience with handmade,
home-made food .’
SHIP TO SHORE FROM THE GALLEY
Quantum of the Seas will launch in November
this year. After her inaugural trans-Atlantic
voyage from Southampton, there will be a
short sampler cruise from Cape Liberty, New
Jersey followed by a series of 7- to12-night
cruises out of New Jersey to the Bahamas and
the Caribbean between November and April
before she repositions to China in May 2015.
Prices from $1,029 per person, twin-share
(for three-night sampler trip from New
Jersey). See royalcaribbean.com.au.
To celebrate Jamie’s first
restaurant at sea, Cruise
Passenger and Penguin
are giving away five
Jamie Oliver cookbooks.
To be in the running
to win, simply visit
and tell us in 25 words
or less which dish you
would like to cook with
Jamie Oliver and why.
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