November 30, 2009
We Are Cunard
Posted in: Cunard Ambassadors
Countdown to Queen Elizabeth – 316 days
Welcome to another Blog and the last one for this month which has been another busy one with a record numbers of readers, so thank you for continuing to log on.
We have lots of great posts planned for December which I hope you also enjoy reading. I know I was going to post the second set of photos and video from the interior of Queen Elizabeth, but I’m afraid that’ll have to wait till Thursday.
Meanwhile though, I have received a guest Blog from Cunard’s celebrity Chef, Todd English.
In case you didn’t see it I interviewed him in a Blog posted 30 July this year, where you can read more about his remarkable career. http://splashsandbox.com/2009/07/
On this occasion he came on just for the day as he hosted group for lunch in his restaurant on Queen Victoria, which was also attended by members of the press and Captain Ian McNaught.
I’ll let Todd English take up the story:
Guest Blog – Todd English – Cunard Celebrity Chef
At the end September, I had the opportunity to welcome Queen Victoria to Boston, my home for the past 20 years, for her maiden call to the city. Upon reaching the harbour, I could see her funnel and was excited that she was here, even if just for a day.
That afternoon, I had the distinct honour of hosting a small group for lunch at my namesake restaurant, Todd English, on board the liner. I loved being back on Queen Victoria, and even managed to sneak off for a pint at The Golden Lion pub – a favourite haunt of mine when aboard.
Being in the restaurant again reminded me of when I was first asked by Cunard to create a restaurant on board what was to be their newest ship, Queen Mary 2. I was given the opportunity to design an innovative and enticing culinary experience to add to the line’s renowned reputation of fine dining. I was so honoured that of all the chefs in the world, I would get to put my stamp on this iconic and prestigious brand.
The Todd English restaurants are found exclusively aboard Queen Victoria and Queen Mary 2, and they are truly a reflection of who I am as a chef. First and foremost, the menus reflect my love for Mediterranean cuisine. I also try to find a balance between offering dishes that are familiar and comforting to those that are unique and different, bringing a bit of romance and fantasy into the guests’ dining experience. I want guests to feel like these restaurants are similar to out-of-the-way gems they discover when they travel to new cities – after all, the ships are really like cities themselves.
I hope that you have the opportunity to sail on what I truly believe are the most beautiful and majestic ships at sea and experience my restaurants. I look forward to hosting you soon.
I’d like to thank Todd English for this Guest Blog and as always it was a pleasure to see him on board. I’ll be back on Thursday with the promised pictures and video from my recent visit to Queen Elizabeth, and I’ll also have a report from another recent function, this time a special event with our friends at The Prince’s Trust. Cheers Alastair