P&O Cruises' Food Heroes are raising the bar with fantastic food and wine that celebrates Great British and global traditions. With a passion for provenance and quality ingredients, they are among the brightest lights of the British culinary scene. Their unique characters, skills and expertise shine through in the dishes they create for us on every P&O Cruises holiday.
Twice Michelin-starred chef Atul Kochhar blazes the trail in Indian fine dining. With P&O Cruises, his dishes at on-board restaurant Sindhu are crafted with passion, using the finest spices and quality ingredients. Classic regional Indian dishes are prepared with a British twist to find the perfect balance of flavours and spices. The sumptuous surroundings and decor complement the beautiful dishes to create a unique dining experience. P&O Cruises chefs in the six Sindhus across the fleet will often receive first-hand training from Atul to ensure the highest standards.When Atul is on board for a Food Heroes cruise, you can learn the art of spice in his masterclasses or join him for an exclusive hosted dinner or carefully crafted shore excursion
Passionate about wine? Try the new Taste of Madeira tour, developed by TV presenter extraordinaire and much-loved wine expert Olly Smith. You’ll learn behind-the-scenes secrets of the craft of winemaking at the world-famous Blandy’s vineyard, and taste the delicious varieties. This exclusive experience is only available during selected P&O Cruises holidays visiting Madeira and if you choose a cruise when Olly is on board, he’ll host your tour personally. Book through your Cruise Personaliser.
Yorkshire-born James became a head chef at the tender age of 22. Now one of the nation’s best loved chefs, he has a passion for hearty British cooking. For ten years, he helped the nation wake up at the weekend as the face of the BBC’s popular cookery show Saturday Kitchen. We’re turning up the heat on board Britannia to give you the chance to learn from James and P&O Cruises' other Food Heroes during a range of two-hour cookery classes at The Cookery Club.
Marco Pierre White boasts three Michelin stars and a stellar career that dates back to the 80s, when he took the restaurant scene by storm. Today, Marco’s passion for using fresh ingredients of sound provenance continues with P&O Cruises. His innovative Gala Night menus are a fine-dining treat for all, and he’s also the mastermind behind Ocean Grill restaurant on Adonia and Arcadia – the classic grill given the Marco twist, skilfully prepared and presented with his trademark flair. In his popular masterclasses he shares tricks of the trade via demonstrations or with a hands-on two-hour cookery class in The Cookery Club on Britannia.
The Glass House restaurant and bar on board Adonia, Aurora, Azura, Britannia and Ventura is a haven of good food and fine wine and the perfect location for a light lunch, afternoon tipple or relaxed evening. Drink in the sea views in stylish surroundings as you sample a selection of speciality wines chosen by award-winning wine expert and Food Hero Olly Smith. A TV presenter, foodie and writer, Olly is famed for his exuberant personality and expert knowledge, which he’s used to bring together a selection of 32 handpicked classics and off-the-beaten-track blends in his bespoke wine list. And if you like the sound of sampling Olly’s favourite wines you can join an exclusive tour, developed by Olly, at the famous Blandy’s vineyard on selected cruises to Madeira. Some of the tours will even be hosted by the Food Hero himself.
Master pâtissier Eric Lanlard has earned himself an international reputation for superlative baked creations for an impressive A-list clientele. He is, according to Vanity Fair magazine, one of the best pâtissiers in the world. Visit The Market Café on board Britannia and you’ll see why. Afternoon Tea by Eric Lanlard is an experience not to be missed. The playful reinvention of this quintessentially British tradition takes teatime decadence to a new level in The Epicurean restaurant on board Azura, Britannia and Ventura, and in Ocean Grill on board Arcadia. Expect the unexpected with roast beef brioches, smoked salmon macaroons, exotic pop cakes and chocolate cannelloni, beautifully presented in elegant surroundings.
During a Food Heroes specific cruise on Britannia, Eric will host the cookery class he developed especially in P&O Cruises' year of celebrations to mark 180 years of P&O Cruises history.Join him in The Cookery Club to create salted caramel macaroons and the pop cakes you may have enjoyed at his Afternoon Tea. This course also runs when Eric is not on board, in the safe hands of P&O Cruises' Head of The Cookery Club. When on a Food Heroes Cruise, Eric will also be going ashore, so why not book to join him on an unforgettable foodie adventure? Book through your Cruise Personaliser.