Food Heroes experiences

Great food lies at the heart of a great holiday. Watch live cooking demos and recreate recipes alongside your favourite Food Hero from vibrant destinations on your cruise holiday.

Introducing our Food Heroes

Exclusive foodie experiences

We work with the brightest lights of the culinary scene, our Food Heroes, to bring you innovative, delicious menus and exclusive foodie experiences across our fleet of ships. We also know that one of the best ways to explore a destination is to try the dishes that tell stories of the history, culture and lives of the locals. That’s why we collaborate with leading native chefs, our Local Food Heroes, to bring these authentic dining experiences to holidays on our Excel class ships Arvia and Iona.

On-board activities with our Food Heroes

Get up close to our Food Heroes and discover their tips and tricks, hear tales from their glittering careers, and enjoy exceptional food and wine in their company at our range of once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Will you join Marco Pierre White as he hosts live cooking demos or learn the top tips for the tastiest tapas from acclaimed Spanish chef José Pizarro in an exclusive Q&A? Perhaps you’ll let Olly Smith guide you through his selection of wines?

A world of flavours are waiting for you on our holidays

All of our Food Heroes are masters of their craft, helping us raise the bar with mouth-watering menus that bring to life our itineraries and deliver incredible dining experiences.

 As well as a world of flavours waiting for you on our holidays, you can enjoy:
A taste for discovery, by learning what makes our Food Heroes tick at live cooking demos, masterclasses, private hosted dinners and so much more, when they join you on board.
A taste for the exquisite at our Food Heroes on-board dining venues.
A taste for the authentic with our Local Food Heroes bringing the flavours of your destinations to their exclusive on-board menus.

Get to know our Food Heroes

Get to know our Food Heroes as they talk travel, food and flavour whilst catching up over a coffee.

Q&As with our Food Heroes

Learn some fun facts about our Food Heroes as they interview each other.

Our top Food Hero cruises...

Marco Pierre White

Godfather of British cooking

He took the restaurant scene by storm when he became the youngest ever chef to be awarded three Michelin stars… now the godfather of British cooking will be on selected cruises to show you how it’s done with live cooking demos and answer any of your culinary qualms in exclusive Q&As. And as patron of The Cookery Club, Marco will also host masterclasses and dinners when on board Britannia – experiences not to be missed.

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Cruises from Southampton with Marco Pierre White

Olly Smith

Award-winning wine expert

Join multi-award-winning wine expert, Olly Smith as he brings his infectious charm and enthusiasm to your holiday. As well as choosing the best wines to go with your menus in The Glass House, the popular TV personality and author will be on selected cruises for tasting masterclasses, Q&As and book signings.

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Cruises from Southampton with Olly Smith

José Pizarro

Acclaimed Spanish chef

Don’t miss your chance to meet renowned Spanish chef, José Pizarro. José will share his top tips for the perfect tapas as well as his love of Spanish ingredients – something you can discover for yourself throughout your holiday in The Glass House thanks to the authentic recipes he’s brought to the menu.

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Cruises from Southampton with José Pizarro

Kjartan Skjelde

Norwegian chef and restaurateur

MasterChef Norway judge, Kjartan Skjelde will be sharing his love for the wild and traditional ingredients of his homeland with his six-course tasting menu in Epicurean. And you’ll have the chance to join the acclaimed Nordic chef on selected cruises for his cookery demos and learn about his influences and inspirations in exclusive Q&As.

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Cruises from Southampton with Kjartan Skjelde

Shivi Ramoutar

The queen of contemporary Caribbean cooking

With her dishes for Arvia, Shivi will bring the bold flavours, colourful ingredients and joyful style of Caribbean food to new audiences, while adding personal touches that reflect her own journey.

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Cruises with Shivi Ramoutar