While he waits for the extensive renovations to be completed at French Laundry, chef Thomas Keller has decided to embark on a little cruise vacation with Seabourn cruises — though he’ll have to do some work while he’s there.
This week, Seabourn announced its partnership with chef Keller across a number of its cruise ships — Seabourn Odyssey, Seabourn Sojourn, and Seabourn Quest — which, beginning in fall 2015, will feature “an array of dishes” from the chef.
Early next spring, Seabourn Quest will be home to the cruise line’s first signature Keller restaurant, which will be expanded to the entire fleet, including two more upcoming ships. Keller’s partnership follows Geoffrey Zakarian’s collaboration with Norwegian Cruise Lines and Guy Fieri’s with Carnival.
“There is really no chef more accomplished or held in higher esteem than Chef Keller, and we are both honored and delighted to have a restaurateur of his stature take our onboard culinary offerings to an even higher level,” announced Seabourn President Richard Meadows. “His culinary talent and sophisticated cuisine are beyond compare and the perfect match for our guests. We have no doubt our guests will be as excited as we are to taste and enjoy chef Keller's dishes on our ships.”
In a slightly more subdued statement, Keller described the partnership as “an exciting new opportunity for our restaurant group.”
Seabourn did not announce the name of Keller’s restaurant, but as someone already noted, it should obviously be called “Per Sea.”