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Set Sail with the Official Cruise Line of the James Beard Foundation

It’s the perfect pairing. Windstar Cruises and the James Beard Foundation are partnered to bring you culinary experiences that are 180 degrees from ordinary. Through this program, Windstar works with the James Beard Foundation to bring together some of the most talented chefs and sommeliers on themed cruises and in our dining program. Imagine dining on dishes created by not just one celebrity chef, but a list of all-stars with the likes of Maxime Bilet (The Cooking Lab), Evan Hanzcor (Egg), and Jose Mendin (Pubbelly Noodle Bar, Habitat, Baja Bao) every single night in our main Amphora dining room. For a truly beyond ordinary experience, join us on our themed cruises featuring James Beard Foundation chefs and beverage experts, a foodie’s dream, with chef demos, dishes created by chef themselves, and market tours. And learn their secrets as you watch demos of their recipes on every sailing.

The James Beard Foundation was created to recognize and celebrate the chefs, writers and restaurateurs who advance America’s culinary arts. This emphasis on innovation and excellence pairs perfectly with Windstar’s superior service, intimate ambiance and drive to constantly innovate its cuisine. That’s why we’re refreshing our culinary events, demonstrations and restaurant menus, giving more Windstar guests opportunities to indulge in memorable meals features authentic food by some of the most recognized culinary talent in the world.

The James Beard Foundation nominates and chooses winners of the James Beard Awards, referred to as the Oscars of the restaurant industry. As the Official Cruise Line of the James Beard Foundation, we’re able to work with some of the best chefs to create the extraordinary dishes on our nightly menu and in our culinary demos. Nearly three dozen chefs have sailed with us on our culinary themed cruises and their dishes are featured nightly on all our sailings.

Sail with a Chef

Imagine going on a grocery trip with your favorite chef to pick out ingredients for dinner at a local market and then learning techniques that they use to create a perfectly seasoned dish, where the flavors sing in harmony and notes of spices spark off your tongue. Listen to their stories and ask for their recommendations on their favorite restaurants and recipes. It’s not just about the food and wine, but also getting to know these epicurean experts on a personal level. This is Windstar’s James Beard Foundation Culinary Themed Cruise experience, and it’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience to taste dishes from some of the most sought-after James Beard Foundation chefs.

James Beard Foundation Culinary Collection
These once-in-a-lifetime culinary events feature some of the top chefs and upcoming talent. Don't miss out on the opportunity to learn tips and insider knowledge from your favorite chef.
James Beard Foundation: In the Wake of the Spanish Armadas 1a
Wind Surf - February 6, 2022
Chef Jennifer Hill Booker
Cookbook Author, Field Peas to Foie Gras: Southern Recipes with a French Accent and Dinner Déjà Vu
James Beard Foundation: West Coast Epicurean Extravaganza 3b
Star Breeze – May 10, 2022
Chef Tanya Holland
Brown Sugar Kitchen (San Francisco)
James Beard Foundation: Southeast Canadian Explorations 2c
Star Pride - October 12, 2022
Chef Irene Li
Mei Mei (Boston, MA)