Curtis Stone, the charming Australian chef who has appeared on several U.K. cooking shows and Top Chef Masters, has announced his latest culinary venture: opening a restaurant in the middle of the ocean.Chef Stone is partnering with Princess Cruises to open Share aboard two of the cruise line’s largest ships, the Ruby and Emerald Princess ships.
“How could I do a restaurant on a ship?" Stone told the Los Angeles Times. "It doesn't make sense at all. But hearing more about their ability to change things around, it started to become more interesting. I look around today and they've done it."
Stone’s original restaurant, Maude, located in Beverly Hills, focuses on hyperlocal, seasonal cuisine, and although Share will need to be slightly different, menu ingredients will be focused on the cruise ship’s ports-of-call. The idea of Share is exactly how it sounds: Large plates are passed around family-style for around $39 per person, according to The Examiner.
Stone also experimented with various ways to keep ingredients fresh on-board the ship, including keeping tomatoes in a climate-controlled area in the dark. Dishes include tagliatelle pasta with Alaskan king crab, twice-cooked duck with bacon jus, and roast turbot white fish with a Gruyère crumb and white vermouth sauce.