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Learn to Cook with James Martin and his Crew

James Martin with Olly Smith

Have you ever wanted to replicate the dishes that the celebrity TV chefs create?. Well, why not join James Martin and his selected five Food Heroes for a fun-filled cruise holiday which includes the latest innovation from P&O Cruises called ‘The Cookery Club’?

This will be the newest cookery school at sea with the ovens being lit next March on the largest ship of P&O’s fleet, the Britannia. Onboard, the ship’s agenda will include the most extensive schedule of cooking classes. Don’t worry if you have no experience or feel it is too late to learn a thing or two as classes will be open to anyone regardless of your age or ability in the kitchen.

The Cookery Club is managed under the guidance of James Martin, who plans to be available for various cruises. Participants will get the opportunity to work and create new menus right alongside this famous chef. During sailings when James is not onboard, his talented team will be running the club.

“I’m really excited about joining P&O Cruises in this brand new venture,” exclaimed James. “I’m absolutely delighted with the progress of The Cookery Club, the plans look amazing and I think it will be a world-class space,” he added.

The Cookery Club will have cooking stations for 24 participants

When the celebrity chefs including Marco Pierre White, Atul Kochhar, Eric Lanlard and Olly Smith are onboard specific sailings, they will be instructing master classes and hosting interactive sessions during lunch and dinner at the chef’s table. The rumour is that there’s bound to be a few more surprise celebrity chefs on various itineraries.

They too will be letting the group benefit from their expertise with specific demonstrations and classes. Details are to be announced soon on the ongoing program.

po-cruises food heroes

Joining P&O Cruises, Rob Cottam, will serve as the resident chef and manager of the club. His goal is to ensure that all classes are reflective of the cooking trends and tastes.

Hailing from Leiths School of Food & Wine and Ashburton Cookery School, Rob is no stranger to foreign cuisine since he is an avid traveler and has worked abroad too. As an expert in Oriental cuisine, some of his specialties that he will share with the group will include fare that hails from Thailand, Vietnam and China.

What type of theme will be taught? According to Rob, it all depends on the ports of call. Whilst in the Mediterranean, the cuisine, will match the specialities of the region. Nothing but locally sourced and fresh ingredients, herbs and spices will be used. Besides whipping up a new dish, participants will learn how to purchase the best with trips to local markets and vineyards.

Once mixing, blending and even trying your hand at souffle, guests will discover how easy it is to recreate these dishes once they are back in their homes.

P&O has created the ideal kitchen space on deck 17 onboard the new 1837-cabin ship Britannia for The Cookery Club.

The ship’s maiden voyage commences on 14 March 2015 to the Mediterranean from Southampton. Cook up a storm with the best on this 14-night cruise which includes calls in Spain, Italy and France.

Whether you are an absolute novice who can’t boil an egg, accomplished at home or simply love to try new recipes, then The Cookery Club is an excellent way to combine a cruise holiday with learning a recipe or two from the professionals.

Written by Veronica Shine

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