Contest chefs are all at sea

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littlesweeney.jpgBreakfast time gets a gourmet makeover next week, as a televised cooking contest takes to the sea on board P&O cruise ship Ventura.
Four finalists, chosen this week by GMTV viewers, will join the ship for a week-long cruise to Vigo, Lisbon, La Rochelle and Brest. While on board, they will be mentored by Soapstar Superchef’s Rosemary Shrager, who will be setting them a series of culinary taskes in the galley and ashore.
Other passengers on the cruise will vote for their two favourites during a “cook-off” in the ship’s theatre, and the two finalists will compete head-to-head in a challenge judged by Marco Pierre White, whose White Room is Ventura’s top restaurant.
The whole event will be broadcast between seven and nine each morning on GMTV, with former cruise-ship singer Claire Sweeney (above left) as presenter.
The winner and their family will be back on board Venture before long, as the first prize is a family cruise to the Caribbean, together with a private masterclass from Marco.
An early series of Lord Sugar’s The Apprentice featured an episode where contestants were set a task on board a Princess cruise ship in the Mediterranean. What other TV series could be set afloat? I’d love to hear your suggestions.

By | 2017-06-15T16:00:24+00:00 21 July 2010|Cruise Entertainment, Cruise Food & Drink|2 Comments

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  1. Cruises Fan 22 July 2010 at 5:16 pm - Reply

    i think they should have a show where C Class celebrities have to work on cruise ships as waiters, cabin crew etc.
    That would be great fun to watch and entertaining for the passengers as well.

  2. Bob Daly 23 July 2010 at 3:23 pm - Reply

    Sounds interesting but do we really have to be subjected to Claire Sweeney?? Looking at her is enough to put any man off his breakfast!!

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