Riviera set sail
from Barcelona on Thursday on the Mosaic
Masterpiece cruise, hosted by celebrated master chef and Oceania Cruises’ executive culinary director, Jacques Pépin. Chef Pépin is hosting several special onboard events during this cruise, including culinary demonstrations and guest appearances in the Bon Appétit Culinary Center.
Chef Pépin has also been enjoying the opportunity to explore the wonderful destinations on this itinerary. In Barcelona, he visited Antoni Gaudí’s masterpiece, La Sagrada Família. Begun in 1882, the magnificent church
was unfinished at the time of Gaudí’s death in 1926 and remains unfinished to this day, although successive architects have continued the work according to Gaudí’s original designs.
Of course, Chef Pépin also wanted to explore the local
markets in Barcelona, so he stopped into the Santa Caterina Market to check out
the expansive selection of fresh produce, fish, meats, cheeses and more. It was
the perfect spot to enjoy a bite of lunch as well!
While Pépin is renowned as a brilliant master chef, you may
not be aware that he is also a talented artist. Some of his own works as well
as several works by other artists in his personal collection are displayed in
Jacques restaurant onboard the ship. Thus, it’s no surprise that Pépin greatly
enjoyed the chance to visit the Miró museum when Riviera called on Palma de Mallorca.
While Joan Miró was born in Barcelona, his mother’s family
was from Mallorca, and he began visiting there at a young age. In 1929 he
married a Mallorcan woman, Pilar Juncosa, and settled in Mallorca permanently
in 1954. He built studios here that he and his wife later donated to the city
of Palma, and now visitors can contemplate the artist’s work amidst his own
creative surroundings. Pépin and his friends enjoyed a lovely afternoon
discussing the works of this legendary artist in such an intimate and personal
It’s no wonder that Oceania Cruises and Chef Pépin make such
a perfect team, as our ships are known for two of Pépin’s favorite things:
exquisite cuisine and an exceptional art collection. Upon returning to Riviera, Pépin could observe works from
an astounding array of artists, from Pablo Picasso to Wifredo Lam. And guests
onboard Marina can see some of Joan
Miró’s finest works without even disembarking the ship!
The Mosaic Masterpiece
cruise continues with calls on Málaga, Gibraltar, Casablanca and Cádiz. More
culinary and artistic delights are sure to come!