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Set Sail with the Official Cruise Line of the James Beard Foundation

It’s the perfect pairing. Windstar Cruises and the James Beard Foundation are partnered to bring you culinary experiences that are 180 degrees from ordinary. Through this program, Windstar works with the James Beard Foundation to bring together some of the most talented chefs on themed cruises and in our dining program. Imagine dining on dishes created by not just one celebrity chef, but a list of all-stars with the likes of Maxime Bilet (The Cooking Lab), Evan Hanzcor (Egg), and Jose Mendin (Pubbelly Noodle Bar, Habitat, Baja Bao) every single night in our main Amphora dining room. For a truly beyond ordinary experience, join us on our themed cruises featuring James Beard Foundation chefs and beverage experts, a foodie’s dream, with chef demos, dishes created by chef themselves, and market tours. And learn their secrets as you watch demos of their recipes on every sailing.

The James Beard Foundation was created to recognize and celebrate the chefs, writers and restaurateurs who advance America’s culinary arts. This emphasis on innovation and excellence pairs perfectly with Windstar’s superior service, intimate ambiance and drive to constantly innovate its cuisine. That’s why we’re refreshing our culinary events, demonstrations and restaurant menus, giving more Windstar guests opportunities to indulge in memorable meals features authentic food by some of the most recognized culinary talent in the world.

The James Beard Foundation nominates and chooses winners of the James Beard Awards, referred to as the Oscars of the restaurant industry. As the Official Cruise Line of the James Beard Foundation, we’re able to work with some of the best chefs to create the extraordinary dishes on our nightly menu and in our culinary demos. Nearly three dozen chefs have sailed with us on our culinary themed cruises and their dishes are featured nightly on all our sailings.

Sail with a Chef

Imagine going on a grocery trip with your favorite chef to pick out ingredients for dinner at a local market and then learning techniques that they use to create a perfectly seasoned dish, where the flavors sing in harmony and notes of spices spark off your tongue. Listen to their stories and ask for their recommendations on their favorite restaurants and recipes. It’s not just about the food and wine, but also getting to know these epicurean experts on a personal level. This is Windstar’s James Beard Foundation Culinary Themed Cruise experience, and it’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience to taste dishes from some of the most sought-after James Beard Foundation chefs.

Each Themed Culinary Cruise Features:
Demos by the chef of some of their recipes.
Hosted dinner with a James Beard Foundation chef and beverage expert, including wine pairings.
Shopping at the local market with the chef.
Wine, spirits, or beer tastings.
James Beard Foundation Culinary Collection
These once-in-a-lifetime culinary events feature some of the top chefs and upcoming talent. Don't miss out on the opportunity to learn tips and insider knowledge from your favorite chef.
James Beard Foundation: Spanish Treasures via the Panama Canal
Star Legend - March 4, 2023
Chef Jerome Grant
Dacha Restaurant Group, Mahal (Washington, D.C.)
James Beard Foundation: Adriatic Archipelagos & Greek Goddesses
Wind Surf – June 17, 2023
Chef Ayesha Nurdjaja
Shuka, Shukette (New York, NY)
James Beard Foundation: Grand Japan
Star Breeze - September 21, 2023
Chef Tracy Chang
Pagu (Cambridge, MA)
James Beard Foundation: Sparkling Sands & Cities of the Persian Gulf
Star Legend - Feb 1, 2024
Chef TBD
James Beard Foundation: Cuisines & Cultures of Spain, Portugal & France
Star Legend – May 28, 2024
Chef TBD
James Beard Foundation: Adriatic Archipelagos & Greek Goddesses
Wind Sur - Aug 28, 2024
Chef TBD