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Cunard’s Culinary Ambassador On Gourmet Live

October 28, 2010

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While Queen Mary 2 heads up to the Autumn Colours of Canada and New England, Queen Elizabeth has just begun her second voyage, this time joining her sister Queen Victoria in the Mediterranean.

Thank you again for all the great feedback from the Blogs on Queen Elizabeth’s maiden voyage, and for those of you who were here with us, I hope you have some very special memories.

When we returned to Southampton on Monday I met a special visitor, as well as receiving news of an exciting development for Cunard’s Culinary Ambassador. All that after this week in Cunard’s history from 22 to 28 October:

22 October 1997 QE2 makes her maiden call at Port Delgada, Azores
27 October 1986 QE2 arrives in Bremerhaven for a six-month £110 million re-engining and refurbishment programme. This was the largest such refit in the history of the merchant marine undertaken, and successfully completed in 1987. Steam turbines were replaced by a diesel electric power plant and the funnel is widened to accommodate the new engine. HRH the Princess of Wales boards on the ship’s return to Southampton.

While I was in the Ocean terminal on Monday I was delighted to meet quite an amazing young man. Harry Cotterill told me he was a keen follower of the Blog, and that it is his dream to become a Naval Architect. We chatted for a while and he then kindly presented me with an amazing drawing of Queen Mary 2, which I said I would pass on to my colleagues over there to hang perhaps in the Officers’ Wardroom.

Harry told me he had been interested in ship design as long as he could remember, and on Monday he had been invited to come along and have a look at Cunard’s latest Queen. He was shown the bridge and met Captain Chris Wells, and presented his drawing of the Queen Elizabeth to him. Captain Wells was very impressed with Harry’s drawing and told him it would be framed and put on display in the teen centre, The Zone on board for the younger guests to enjoy!

Harry said on his website; “Queen Elizabeth is a remarkable vessel. She combines the elegance and luxury of the golden age of ocean liner travel with the modern technologies of today. It was a great honour to visit Cunard’s newest liner, Queen Elizabeth. I was overwhelmed with her grandeur and elegance. She is a truly fantastic piece of engineering and design”

Earlier that morning Harry had the chance meet with Stephen Payne, Vice President and Chief Naval Architect for Carnival Corporate Shipbuilding, and the man behind Queen Mary 2’s design.

Harry has been in touch with Stephen for a number of years and they have become great friends and I’m sure he found Stephen to be a great inspiration. Thanks for meeting me Harry, and all the best for your future career.

Meanwhile I found out this week that there’s a new iPad App available. It’s called Gourmet Live and features a recipe collection from Chef Patron Jean-Marie Zimmermann who is the Cunard’s Global Culinary Ambassador.

Many of you will know Jean Marie from a Blog featuring him last year, but in case you missed it, here is the link:


Jean-Marie Zimmermann was filmed recently on board Queen Elizabeth while at work in the galley.

Amongst his numerous accomplishments, Jean-Marie has created the menus and inspiration for the new Verandah restaurant on Queen Elizabeth, which after just one voyage is already a big hit with our guests.

It was while he was setting up and putting the final touches on Cunard’s newest dining venue, that filming took place. He was seen in the main galley as well as in the restaurant itself.


The innovative App and digital content experience comes from Condé Nast, a division of Advance Publications which operates in 25 countries. In the United States, Condé Nast publishes 18 consumer magazines, two trade publications and 27 websites that garner international acclaim.

The Gourmet Live App lets users express, share and explore their passion for every aspect of food and food culture in a brand new way, utilising social networks and innovative gaming tools to serve content that will ultimately create a personalised experience.

Gourmet Live, which is free to download, is full of brand new and classic stories, recipes, videos, slideshows, and more. Content is organised by hot topics and relevant themes and is engaging and entertaining. Amongst the recipes I can definitely recommend the video tutorial and recipe for Chef Zimmermann’s famous Pepper Steak with Homemade Parmesan Chips; it’s really superb.

Users who do not have an iPad can find highlights of Gourmet Live content on the blog at http://live.gourmet.com and can sign up for Gourmet Live alerts and news.

Robert Howie, Queen Elizabeth’s Hotel Manager said: “It is a fantastic opportunity to have Jean-Marie involved with this application, his skills as a Chef and Cunard’s ‘Chef Patron’ are highlighted and I am sure that his charisma coupled with his culinary skills will be not only an education but also entertaining to those using it. It also emphasises Cunard’s commitment to new technology and providing the most up to date technological education to our guests and crew. Our iStudy programme, where our guests learn about Apple technology, as well as the use of Apple computers within the Hotel operation on board Queen Elizabeth and the Gourmet Live application on the iPad, prove our willingness to advance in this field.”


Congratulations Jean-Marie and we hope our Bloggers get the opportunity to enjoy your recipes in a whole new way. That’s it for this post but I’ll be back on Monday with Queen Victoria’s Latest Star of the Month as well as some more stories from Queen Mary 2 and Queen Elizabeth during the week. Cheers for now, Alastair

  1. Freda & Bill Cureton says:

    Congratulations to Executive Chef, Jean Marie Zimmerman and to Hotel Manager, Robert Howie. We can’t wait to dine in the gorgeous Verandah Restaurant – counting the days to Nov. 8. Must taste the Pepper Steak with Parmesan Chips.

    See you all soon.

    Bill & Freda Cureton

  2. Roger Hallett says:

    It is a shame that your IT people have not responded to your request to have the next port of call displayed on Queen Elizabeth’s Bridge Cam.

  3. carol kane says:

    Dear Alastair,
    When you next talk to your IT folk, please ask them to fix the virtual tour of Queen Elizebeth as it only shows a small % of it and the sound is terrible. I too would like to know were the ship is on the cam. Thanks Alastair

  4. Kenneth Eden says:

    What a nice feature on Chef Zimmerman. I had the pleasure of meeting him during a sailing, as he made the rounds in the Queens Grill one evening during a cruise in the Queen Mary 2.

    I purchased his Queen Mry cookbook, which among other things, has beautiful photography of the liner, as well as recipes from the trwo Grills, Britannia, Golden Lion Pub, Carvery, La Piazza, Lotus, and features a chapter on Tea Time. Not only is the ship showcased with beautiful photos, the food and its presentation are also photographed beautifully.

    This past New Years eve I made Chef Zimmermans Beef Wellington recipe and it was outstanding.

    It is nice to know that memories from Cunard sailings can now include dining memories with make at home recipes

  5. Big thanks to all concerned when I was given the oppotunity to lower the ensign at Funchal, Maderia on the maiden voyage. As a sixteen year old it was one of the tasks I used carry out on the old Queen Elizabeth way back in 1964. I must be the only person to have handle the ensign on both ships.
    It was a magic moment that will stay with me forever.

    Steve Saunders

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