Food and wine festival announced for Queen Mary 2

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Cunard has announced a Festival of Food & Wine to take place on board Queen Mary 2 during a seven-night transatlantic crossing on 7-14 June 2020.

Michel Roux Jr, chef patron of Michelin-starred French cuisine restaurant, Le Gavroche, will host a series of dinners in The Verandah restaurant as well as prepare a three-course signature gala menu in the Britannia Restaurant. He will be joined by Le Gavroche executive chef Rachel Humphrey and will also hold a cooking demonstration and a Q&A session during the crossing.

“I am thrilled to be joining Cunard on the first-ever Festival of Food & Wine voyage on their flagship Queen Mary 2, alongside a host of experts in their fields,” said Roux. “For the first time ever, I will be taking Le Gavroche to sea – offering spectacular menus for guests to enjoy across the week. This will be a very special voyage, and I can’t wait to get on board.”

Steven Spurrier, wine critic behind the Judgement of Paris, will also host a talk, Q&A and wine tastings, accompanied by wine writer and columnist Will Lyons and food editor Lisa Markwell.

“Following on from the success of Voyage du Vin last year, we are delighted to be expanding the concept on board our flagship, Queen Mary 2,” said Lee Powell, vice president of brand and product at Cunard. “Guests will be able to indulge their tastebuds, as they sample delicious wines and cuisine prepared by one of the country’s leading Michelin starred chefs, Michel Roux Jr.”

Guests will also have the opportunity to join the Cunard Wine Academy and gain a WSET Level 1 award during the crossing, a recognised qualification by the Wine and Spirit Education Trust.

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