Cora who previously was the “god mother” for Oceania’s Cruise’s latest vessel, has now in less than a year flipped to Holland Cruises to be the headliner and hired/booked for their Mediterranean voyage that is considered one of its higher end “up-sells” to a traditional cruise. On the Holland Cruises 12 day journey, this themed culinary tour will last 12 nights with multiple themed meals that will kick off on July 2nd with its 2100+ passenger ship Niuew Amterdam which will have a presenting sponsor, Food & Wine magazine.
These types of Celebrity Chef exertions are not all together uncommon with Iron Chef and Food Network’s Chopped judge, Geoffrey Zakarian and Oprah’s former personal chef Art Smith two of many that have hosted themed Celebrity Chef cruises for various cruise line companies. The demographic that Celebrity Chefs and cruise lines attract tends to be very similar, 25-55 year old suburbanites who want to cook and enjoy food. Celebrity Chefs have become titans of business and celebrities without peers on TV channels such as Food Network, Bravo, PBS, Travel Channel, ABC and others.
Holland Cruise lines and Food & Wine Magazine have extensive plans to hire/book other Celebrity Chefs who are big name TV stars, NY Times best-selling authors, and culinary experts as part of this program. Holland Cruise has also hired/booked Food Network’s Next Food Network Star finalist Michele Ragussis and Danny Grant. Danny Grant has been named 2012 Food & Wine’s Best new chef to tremendous fanfare! Cat Cora, mostly known as an Iron Chef along-side such luminaries as Celebrity Chef royalty Mario Batali, Bobby Flay, Masaharu Morimoto, Michael Symon, Jose Garces, Marc Forgione and many others. Cat Cora is the first of only two female Iron Chefs, the second is Alexandra Guarnaschelli who joined Cora in 2012. Cora runs several restaurants including Macy’s South Coast plaza, Walt Disney World in Florida and at San Francisco & Houston airports. As co-host with Celebrity Chef Curtis Stone, Cora was hired to be the TV mentor on Bravo’s short lived show, Around the World in 80 Plates, in 2012. Cat Cora also extends her brand by partnering or being booked/hired to start her own line of cookware, olive oils, wines, sauces and other food products.
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