Regatta has been playing host to two very special guests onboard the current Ultimate Panama Canal cruise. Master Chef Jean-Louis Dumonet and his wife, Karen, boarded Regatta in San Francisco for their first cruise ever and presented several cooking demonstrations during the sailing.
Dumonet is executive chef of the Union Club in New York City and president of
the North American region of Maîtres Cuisiniers de France. This prestigious
association of some of the world’s leading chefs is dedicated to preserving and
spreading the French culinary arts, encouraging training in cuisine and
assisting in professional development. Maître Cuisinier, or Master Chef, is one
of the most esteemed titles that a chef can aspire to attain. Oceania Cruises
Culinary Director Eric Barale and Fleet Corporate Chef Franck Garanger are also
members of this eminent organization.
Dumonet and his wife were joined by Barale as well as Traveling Senior
Corporate Chef Renald Macouin in presenting entertaining and informative
culinary demonstrations that were greatly enjoyed by guests throughout the
voyage. As an additional treat, the Grand Dining Room menu featured one of Chef
Dumonet’s special dishes each evening. Guests enjoyed creations such as Foie
Gras Crème Brûlée, Sweet Corn Soup with Lobster, and Dumonet’s signature