Hours before a weeklong cruise to the Mexican Riviera last week, Princess Cruises trotted out its executive chef, Curtis Stone, to discuss the cruise line's rollout of its new Share specialty restaurant aboard Emerald Princess and Ruby Princess. It's also coming soon to Coral Princess and Sun Princess. In addition, "Crafted by Curtis" menu items now appear in restaurants across the Princess fleet, and Curtis Stone’s Chef's Table experience will debut in a few months.
I sat down with Curtis — a celebrity chef best known for his megahit restaurant Maude in Beverly Hills and for his guest appearances on foodie cable shows — for this 3-minute video interview:
Curtis Stone's favorite dish
A couple of highlights:
• Stone calls Share "a bit of a small plate concept" where diners are asked to choose three small, savory dishes, with the added option of sharing with your partner or table mates.
• There's nothing quite like setting up a restaurant on a cruise ship, Stone says. "We’ve had applications from all over the world from people who’ve worked on Princess ships."
• More Stone: "My favorite dish has to be the cassoulet of duck. It’s a braised white bean dish and we confit the duck leg and we crisp it up." He also raves about the beef cheek pie.
After our chat I dined at Share with my fellow media reps — twice. Loved the twice cooked duck with fennel, bacon jus and Parmesan crumb. Share and Crafted by Curtis should bring an added element of panache to Princess's dining offerings.