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President Cruises unveils menu by celebrity chef

Released at: 16:24, 07/03/2019

President Cruises unveils menu by celebrity chef

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British Michelin-starred chef John Burton-Race introduces menu on Ha Long Bay's largest and most lavish cruising vessel.

by Doanh Doanh

A menu crafted by British Michelin-starred chef John Burton-Race has been introduced on Ha Long Bay’s largest and most lavish cruising vessel, President Cruises.

Chef John has starred in a host of popular TV shows, including French Leave, Return of the Chef, I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here, and the BBC’s Great British Menu and Kitchen Criminals, and is now helping create an a la carte lunch and dinner menu on the new President Cruises.

“We’ve really chartered new waters creating a culinary experience with a distinct European flavor at this UNESCO World Heritage Site; an incredible destination I’m eager to return to,” said Chef John, who has also trained President Cruises’ chefs and food and beverage staff.

Renowned for his modern British cuisine, he has concocted an array of appetizers, soups, main courses, side dishes, and desserts, in addition to a separate set menu. The “marinated salmon, salmon jelly with wasabi mayonnaise and caviar” appetizer, “duck wanton broth” soup, “fillet of beef with crispy shallots, sourdough croutons, olive oil butter and beef marrow jus”, and “loin of highland pork with pappardelle, peas, capers and rosemary cream” mains, and “chocolate and nut ganache and poached pear with pear sabayon” dessert are among the menu’s highlights.

This is the first menu on Ha Long Bay to be crafted by a celebrity, Michelin-starred chef. A selection of world-class wines is also on offer to pair with the dishes.

The menu’s launch follows Chef John’s visit to Vietnam to host a dinner on January 5 as part of a special one-night cruise.

New Vietnamese luxury cruise operator Lion Asia debuted the first of two President Cruises vessels on Ha Long Bay last November. The second will take to the water this year.

The 1,200-ton, five-deck steel craft measures 86 meters long, 13.9 meters wide, and 13 meters tall, making it the largest overnight ship to ever ply Ha Long Bay’s waters. It is also the first on the bay to include an elevator for people with disabilities and the elderly.

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