We’re a nation obsessed with food! We love all things cooking on the telly and our celebrity chefs are adored! P&O Cruises are well known for championing the great British culinary scene with their long established partnerships with celebrity chefs, or as they like to call them, their Food Heroes. They use these partnerships to take their onboard dining experience to the next level – creating amazing dishes with quality ingredients.

These exclusive sailings are always a big hit with cruisers, as of course, one of the biggest draws to cruising in general is the mouth-watering array of cuisine available to devour onboard. This year’s Food Heroes are no exception, with each showcasing their own gastronomic expertise – from food and wine to patisserie. This year’s line-up includes James Martin, Marco Pierre White, Olly Smith Atul Kochar and Eric Lanlard.

Book onto one of these sailings and you’ll have the chance to get up close and personal with your favourite chefs – with Q&A sessions, booking signings, private hosted dinners, or even cooking alongside them in a master class! It could be said the most exciting activity available on these sailings is the culinary-themed shore excursion hosted by the Food Heroes, where you get to explore the destination along with the local culinary delights. It’s an experience like no other!

How to book your place

As you can imagine, these events and experiences are extremely sought after and places are limited, so don’t miss out!

If you’re sailing onboard Britannia you can book your place for any of the Food Hero experiences though your Cruise Personaliser, or if you’re are sailing onboard Azura or Ventura, experiences can be booked onboard. If you’d like to book your place on one of the Food Hero shore excursions, this can be done through your Cruise Personaliser before your cruise.

Get to know the Food Heroes and find out what sailings they’ll be on…

James Martin

He’s one of the nation’s favourite chefs with an appetite for British cooking. He presented the BBC’s popular cookery show ‘Saturday Kitchen’ for 10 years, sharing his culinary skills and charming the nation with his straight-talking Yorkshire-man approach.


Marco Pierre White

Marco is one of the trailblazers in British food, and he was the youngest chef to be awarded three Michelin stars at the mere age of 33. Cruise fans will know that Marco Pierre White has designed the new the gala dinner menu served on Black Tie evenings across the P&O Cruises fleet, and has worked with P&O Cruises for over 10 years to help create delectable dishes to be enjoyed by guests.


Olly Smith

If you‘re interested in wine, you’re likely to have come across the jubilant smile of Olly Smith. He’s well known for presenting food and wine programmes for Channel 4 as well as the Food Network, and is a wine expert for the BBC’s Saturday Kitchen.  You can even have a drink in Olly’s bar The Glass House onboard selected P&O Cruises ships, where he’s personally selected the range of wines served. If you like a tipple or two, one of the below sailings is perfect for you!


Eric Lanlard

A master patissier with an international A-list clientele, he’s the mastermind behind Cake Boy, his London-based cookery school and cake emporium. He’s a regular contributor on Master Chef, The Professional and The Great British Bake Off.  Indulge in a spot of afternoon tea designed by Eric in The Epicurean restaurant onboard Azura, Britannia, Ventura and in the Ocean Grill onboard Arcadia. And if you’re sailing onboard Britannia, you can feast on delicious patisseries at The Market Cafe.


Atul Kochar

Two-time Michelin Star winner is a legend of Indian fine dining. He moved to London in 1994 from Jamshedpur in East India, and brought with him his talent of creating classic regional Indian dishes with a twist. You can taste the explosion of flavours for yourself in Atul’s six Sindhu restaurants across the P&O Cruises fleet.


Feeling hungry?

To get yourself on one of these superb Food Hero cruises, simply call our Cruise Experts on our freephone number 0800 107 2323!

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