Windstar JBF Culinary Cruise Collection
We are proud to continue our partnership with Windstar Cruises, whose fleet of small luxury ships are known for their unique voyages and intimate experiences. Together we’ve created the James Beard Collection, a series of food-themed itineraries hosted by James Beard Foundation-recognized chefs that will immerse guests in epicurean adventures, bringing together the best of travel and cuisine from around the globe.
James Beard Collection voyages will feature nightly dishes curated by the headlining chef, who will also perform cooking demonstrations, interact with guests, and lead off-ship excursions to local markets and other sights.
James Beard Award Winner Chef Emily Luchetti
With six cookbooks to her credit and numerous awards, Emily Luchetti has helped to define what great pastry in America means. As chief pastry officer for Big Night Restaurant Group, she oversees the pastry operations for The Cavalier, Marlowe, Petit Marlowe, Leo’s Oyster Bar, and Park Tavern Restaurant. She was awarded the 2004 James Beard Award for Outstanding Pastry Chef and was inducted into the James Beard Awards Who’s Who of Food & Beverage in America. With a passion for vanilla, she can’t wait to bake treats made with vanilla fresh from the islands and plans to escort guests on excursions to local vanilla farms.
Beverage Expert Shelley Lindgren
Owner and Wine Director Shelley Lindgren of A16 and SPQR in San Francisco, was honored by the James Beard Awards in 2015 with the Outstanding Wine Program award for her work at A16. Her reputation for seeking out Italian wines made with lesser-known grapes has earned her recognition as a wine pioneer. She continues to search for evocative wines from around the world and plans to serve interesting pairings aboard Wind Spirit in Tahiti.
Chef José Mendin
Chef/restaurateur José Mendin co-founded and created the Pubbelly Boys restaurant group and the Comma Hospitality Group (FCHG), with notable Miami restaurants such as Habitat, Pubbelly Noodle Bar, Pubbelly Sushi, Baja Bao, and PB Ysla in Mendin’s hometown of San Juan, Puerto Rico. Mendin will be returning home on this cruise, which is a roundtrip journey from San Juan, bringing his ability to revitalize and reimagine ancient and traditional recipes by maintaining the integrity of a dish’s roots while infusing it with modern touches. He earned James Beard Award nominations for Best Chef: South from 2012 to 2016. He looks forward to showcasing his love for big flavors aboard Windstar and sharing his favorite restaurants and flavors with guests in San Juan.
Stay tuned for more 2019 voyage dates!