Mary Berry 2013

The latest food hero, who will take the helm at the only cookery school at sea, is the one and only majesty of cakes – Mary Berry. She takes her rightful place holding one-off master classes together with 10 of Britain’s most-loved chefs exclusively at The Cookery Club, on-board P&O Cruises latest ship Britannia.

The Cookery Club boasts a state-of-the-art kitchen fully furnished by KitchenAid, with 12 stations which accommodate 24 guests at a time. Guests can partake in two-hour workshops at £100 per person (or £200 per person when hosted by two chefs), exclusive chef’s table dinners, Q&A sessions to get to know your hosts and there will also be an opportunity to pick up a memento to remember the occasion, with a book signings from your host.

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Fans of The Great British Bake Off will have the opportunity to learn first-hand from Mary Berry how to banish soggy bottoms, take full advantage of adding tipple to your puddings and most importantly the best way to avoid cake-gate scandals. The lucky guests will have the chance to get their hands on an authentic Mary Berry recipe – they might even get the chance to have their own Bake Off moment and have Mary judge their bakes. If you want to catch Mary’s master class she will be on-board Britannia for a 12 night cruise around the British Isles, departing 6th July 2015. Also joining Mary on-board will be Theo Randall and James Martin, also holding their own master classes, cruise prices start from £1,149 per person. The Cookery Club can be booked four months prior to your cruise departure through P&O’s dedicated Cruise Personaliser, places are limited so don’t hang about!

Due to launch next month, Britannia will be largest ship purpose built for the British market which will sail exclusively from the UK. For those of you lucky enough to be aboard Britannia you will enjoy a foodie frenzy with a strong focus on dining throughout the whole ship. Not only does she feature the Cookery Club, Britannia also holds a plethora of gourmet gurus including – Master Pâtissier Eric Lanlard’s Market Café where you can indulge in the finest French patisserie and specialty coffee. Or you can dine out at two-times Michelin starred ‘Master of Spices’, Atul Kochhar’s Sindhu Indian restaurant. Pop a cork in wine connoisseur, Olly Smith’s Glass House, fully stocked with fine wines from around the world. As well as indulging in the Gala menus created by three-times Michelin starred, Marco Pierre White which will feature in Britannia main restaurants. P&O Cruises marketing director Christopher Edgington is confident that Britannia is taking cookery classes at sea to a whole new level level and has said- “These exclusive cooking experiences will appeal to a whole new group of people who have never before considered cruising as a holiday option.”

Here’s the full line-up of the 10 foodie heroes on-board Britannia…

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Update – this information was relevant at the time of publishing. The 12 night, British Isles featuring Mary Berry sailed from 6th July – 20th July 2015. There’s still time to catch your favourite foodie heroes on-board check out the sailings here.

Photo credits: Tim James/Mabel Gray, Tony Briggs, Mike English. All images courtesy of P&O Cruises.

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