Fans of Bravo’s Emmy® Award-winning series “Top Chef” will have the opportunity to sail alongside thirteen former contestants onboard Celebrity Cruises during one of their four “Top Chef at Sea” experiences. Beginning in July, guests will not only experience the cuisine of these chef celebrities, but they will also take part in various complimentary cooking demonstrations, interactive Quickfire Challenges, and other scheduled activities. For a more exclusive experience, guests can also choose to enjoy private cooking classes and events hosted by the “chef’testants”.

Choose to sail July 27 onboard the Celebrity Summit, visiting the beautiful island of Bermuda, along with Top Chef contestants Spike Mendelsohn of Top Chef Chicago and Top Chef All-Stars (Co-owner and Chef at Bearnaise, We, The Pizza and Good Stuff Eatery in Washington, D.C.); Ash Fulk of Top Chef Las Vegas (Chef de Cuisine at Hill Country Barbecue Market in Brooklyn), and Angelo Sosa of Top Chef D.C. and Top Chef All-Stars (Chef and Owner of Añejo in NYC and Poppy Den in Las Vegas).

If the Caribbean is not your speed, opt for the Alaskan sailing on August 15. Onboard the Celebrity Solstice, you can cruise for seven days with four of your favorite Top Chef contestants including Paul Qui, winner of Top Chef Texas (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); and Nina Compton, Top Chef New Orleans runner-up and Fan Favorite (Chef de Cuisine for Scarpetta Miami at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach hotel).

On September 19, vacationers can set their sights on destinations across the Atlantic with the ‘France & Iberian Discovery Cruise.’ Wine lovers will enjoy this ultra-luxury sailing for twelve nights onboard the Celebrity Infinity with chefs Chris Crary, winner of Top Chef Texas and Fan Favorite and Kristen Kish, winner of Top Chef Seattle. Additional chefs are scheduled to be added to this sailing at a later date.

Last but definitely not least, guests can escape the winter weather for warmer climates onboard the Celebrity Reflection as it sails on November 15 to the Caribbean for a seven-night escape. Top chef contestants sailing this cruise will be Hosea Rosenberg, winner of Top Chef Season 5 (Owner of Blackbelly Catering & Events and Blackbelly Farm); Casey Thompson, Top Chef Season 3 winner and Top Chef All-Stars contestant (Chef of Aveline and The European in San Francisco); Tiffany Derry of Top Chef D.C. and Top Chef All-Stars (Owner of TD Concepts), and Shirley Chung of Top Chef New Orleans (Chef/Owner of Chung Lee Consulting).

Food centric and chef driven cruises are the new way to travel. And if you are looking to combine your love for fine dining and modern luxury, then Celebrity Cruises should be at the top of your list. “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 Bravo’s “Top Chef” is scheduled to return for a twelfth season in Fall 2014.

Shanna Jones

Shanna is the co-founder and editor of Urban Swank. She focuses on food and travel.


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