AWT takes to the sea with MSC

//AWT takes to the sea with MSC

awt.jpgTV chef Anthony Worrall Thompson has been on the slide ever since his appearances on I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here eight years ago and his restaurant business went bust in 2009, owing £800,000.
So he’s fortunate to have been selected by MSC Cruises as one of several internationally-acclaimed chefs who will be giving cookery demonstrations on board MSC Fantasia and MSC Splendida this winter.
His counterparts from Spain, Italy, France and Germany have a galaxy of Michelin stars between them, and have been involved in opening restaurants in Singapore, Hong Kong and Los Angeles as well as those in their home countries. Wozza’s Greyhound, near Henley-on-Thames, was recently awarded one star (out of a possible five) after an inspection by South Oxfordshire District Council who said the score meant hygiene was “poor” with “standards generally low”.
AWT’s empire, which once boasted a clutch of fashionable grills and gastro-pubs, is now down to three restaurants and a delicatessen in the Home Counties. He bought them back from administration, but admitted recently that his company would not be able to repay more than £700,000 still owed to unsecured creditors.
His latest publication, The Essential Low Fat Cookbook, is in sharp contrast to the Snickers Pie he once produced for BBC’s Saturday Kitchen. The confection, which contained five Snickers bars, a packet of puff pastry and generou s helpings of soft cheese and sugar, was condemned by the Food Commission as one of the most unhealthy dessert recipes ever published. A single slice contained 1,250 calories.
I’m not sure whether AWT knows quite what to expect from his cruise either. Of the week aboard MSC Splendida from February 4 next year, he says: “I have always loved messing about in boats, so when MSC Cruises asked me to come on board and cook for some of its guests, it was too good an opportunity to miss. Particularly when the request comes from a company that places such importance on great food.
“I will be demonstrating some of my favourite dishes, plus a couple of surprises that I am preparing specially for the occasion.”
The other chefs taking part are Paco Roncero from Spain, Mauro Uliassi from Italy, France’s Gilles Epié and Kolja Kleeberg from Germany.

By | 2017-06-15T16:00:04+00:00 11 July 2011|Cruise Food & Drink|0 Comments

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