Australian chef Curtis Stone’s first local restaurant will arrive Down Under on Princess Cruises’ superliner Sun Princess.
While Curtis opened his first restaurant Maude in Beverly Hills in 2014 and is also in the midst of opening his second restaurant Gwen in Hollywood, SHARE by Curtis Stone is the first opportunity for Australian’s to taste his cuisine locally.
The exclusive partnership with Princess Cruises features “Crafted by Curtis” menu items in the main dining rooms across the entire 18-ship fleet, as well as the introduction of SHARE restaurants to three ships and a Chef’s Table by Curtis Stone experience.
By the end of this year, two of Curtis’ restaurants will operate in local waters with SHARE also featuring on the Emerald Princess, which will arrive in Sydney this November for its first Australian season. The third ship to feature SHARE, the Ruby Princess, operates in the waters of international destinations like the Caribbean and the Mediterranean.
SHARE offers a fresh and seasonal menu, including a charcuterie board, bread and butter pudding and salads. Dishes include lightly poached shrimp with lemon gel, turnip, citrus salt and brioche, and a fresh truffle potato gratin and turbot baked in a deck oven, installed especially on Sun Princess. There’s also roasted king crab leg, which is baked with lemongrass and paired with a chicharron powder (crispy pig skin crumble) along with a fermented soybean aioli, and roast chicken with a bacon slab and onion slaw.
Australian wine and produce will feature prominently, with the wine list featuring 22 local wines, while Curtis uses Murray River salt in his cooking and Australian beef is used in the beef cheek pie.
Princess Cruise’s vice president Australia and New Zealand Stuart Allison said it was a thrill to have someone of Curtis Stone’s calibre creating memorable culinary experiences for guests.
“Curtis has created a beautiful menu for SHARE on Sun Princess. Over a shared meal and a glass of Australian wine, we know our guests will feel right at home dining in SHARE, just as we hope they always feel on a Princess cruise,” Allison said.
Stone said, “I’m really proud of SHARE and hope that it becomes a special part of Australians’ holiday memories and their experience at sea with Princess. Sharing is at the core of my food philosophy so it was only natural that the restaurant be named SHARE. Connecting with friends and family over conversation and cuisine is what a speciality dining experience is all about.”