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Celebrity Cruises : Top Chef at Sea

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‘Top Chef at Sea’ Heats Up as Celebrity Cruises and Bravo Media Extend Partnership Through 2016

Chef Chris Crary and Celebrity Cruises

Top Chef Chris Crary

Celebrity Cruises and Bravo Media have extended the popular “Top Chef at Sea” program through 2016, and will offer “Top Chef” fans and food lovers the opportunity to vacation with a new lineup of cheftestants on the exclusive “Top Chef Signature Sailing” in 2015. Setting sail November 14 onboard Celebrity Reflection, the one-of-a-kind Eastern Caribbean cruise vacation will give guests an up-close-and-personal culinary experience with six former “Top Chef” competitors, including:
•Nina Compton: Top Chef New Orleans runner-up
•Tiffany Derry: Top Chef D.C. and Top Chef All-Stars contestant; Owner of TD Concepts, Inc.
•Ash Fulk: Top Chef Las Vegas contestant; Culinary Director at Hill Country Hospitality in NYC
•Gregory Gourdet: Top Chef Boston runner-up; Executive Chef at Departure Restaurant + Lounge in Portland, Oregon
•Doug Adams: Top Chef Boston finalist; Chef de Cuisine of Imperial and Portland Penny Diner
•Chris Crary: Top Chef Texas contestant; Executive Chef of Hyde Sunset Kitchen + Cocktails in Los Angeles

Top Chef Nina Compton and Celebrity Cruises

Top Chef Nina Compton

New during this year’s Top Chef Signature Sailing, vacationers can choose from an array of local destination experiences hosted by a featured cheftestant, making these excursions a unique way to explore the Caribbean. The exclusive chef-hosted shore excursions will be available for purchase soon.

Bravo Top Chef and Celebrity Cruises

The signature sailing also will feature new duel-style cooking demonstrations onboard where cheftestants will battle each other while answering fans’ questions, with the winning dish chosen by the audience. Also onboard and back by popular demand, passionate foodies can enjoy exclusive and intimate experiences with the chefs by booking private cooking classes and private dinners to hone their skills and get advice on preparing sumptuous dishes at home.

Top Chef Celebrity Cruises Quickfire Challenges

Quickfire Challenges

In addition to the Top Chef Signature Sailing with alums, Celebrity will continue to offer interactive Quickfire Challenges and “Top Chef”-inspired menu evenings on its modern luxury vacations onboard nine ships, for all sailings departing through June 2016. Quickfire Challenges will put guests in the spotlight to get a taste of the pressure the cheftestants experience on the show. Plus, guests can indulge in a selection of the dishes the judges raved about on the series at “Top Chef Night” in the main restaurant.

Top Chef Night on Celebrity Cruises
Celebrity has paved the way for the cruise industry on land and at sea, being the first-ever cruise line to present dinner at the prestigious James Beard House and create land-based pop-up restaurants in San Francisco and New York. Celebrity originally partnered with “Top Chef” in November 2014 to launch the exclusive Top Chef at Sea experience. The extension of Top Chef at Sea allows for guests to continually sail with Celebrity on a modern luxury vacation with endless culinary possibilities. For more details about Top Chef at Sea, visit celebritycruises.com/topchef

Bravo’s Emmy® and James Beard Award-winning “Top Chef” will return for season 13 this fall. “Top Chef” is produced by Magical Elves with Dan Cutforth and Jane Lipsitz serving as executive producers.

Celebrity Cruises

About Celebrity Cruises

Celebrity Cruises’ iconic “X” is the mark of modern luxury, with its cool, contemporary design and warm spaces; dining experiences where the design of the venues is as important as the cuisine; and the amazing service that only Celebrity can provide, all created to provide an unmatchable experience for vacationers’ precious time. Celebrity Cruises’ 10 ships offer modern luxury vacations visiting all seven continents. Celebrity also presents immersive cruise tour experiences in Alaska and Canada. Celebrity is one of six cruise brands operated by global cruise vacation company Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (NYSE, OSE: RCL).

For more information, dial 1-800-437-3111, visit CelebrityCruises.com or call your travel agent.

About Bravo Media

Bravo Media is the premiere lifestyle and entertainment brand that drives the cultural conversation around its high-quality, interactive original content that focuses on the network’s passion points of food, fashion, beauty, design, digital and pop culture. The network’s diversified slate includes Bravo’s first scripted series “Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce, upcoming comedy “Odd Mom Out,” and unscripted favorites such as Emmy award-winning “Top Chef,” “Vanderpump Rules, “Below Deck,” “Thicker Than Water” and the popular “Million Dollar Listing” and “The Real Housewives” franchises as well as the only live late-night talk show, “Watch What Happens Live.” Available in 92 million homes, Bravo is a program service of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, a division of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. Bravo has been an NBCUniversal cable network since December 2002 and first launched in December 1980.


Patina’s “Wine After Work” Series

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PATINA RESTAURANT GROUP’S “WINE AFTER WORK” SERIES continues… with award-winning Sommelier Silvestre Fernandes. Additionally, the restaurant’s bi-monthly “Inside the Kitchen with Patina” 2015 Cooking Class Series has resumed!

Patina's Silvestre Fernandes

Patina’s Silvestre Fernandes

Building on the popularity of Patina’s sold-out cooking classes, which resumed on February 1, downtown Los Angeles’ bastion of fine dining has added a new monthly wine series to its 2015 lineup. Aptly named “Wine After Work,” classes are structured for the busy entrepreneur as well as the budding oenophile. Award-winning Sommelier Silvestre Fernandes will guide guests through essential tips, etiquette, and international drinking customs for impressing clients and colleagues when dining out for business. Fernandes has worked with Patina since 2000, and over the course of over a decade, has curated its extensive and award-winning international wine list.

These intimate classes for ten people offer an opportunity for one-on-one instruction, and will be held on the second Wednesday evenings in April and May 2015. Classes are $50 per person (excluding tax) and feature five wine pours and selections from Patina’s lauded artisanal cheese cart. Guests who stay for dinner immediately following the class will also enjoy one complimentary glass of any of the five wines they previously tasted.

During each beginner-intermediate level session, Fernandes will educate students on:

· Basic tips for demystifying wines from celebrated French regions – April 8 the focus is on Bordeaux, and May 13 on Provence

· Go-to food pairing tricks

· Top questions to ask a sommelier when selecting a wine and how to choose impressive wines to suit any expense account

· How to properly sip and swirl a wine when presented with that first tableside taste, and when to send a bad wine back

Cooking classes, “Inside the Kitchen with Patina” is held the first Saturday morning of every other month, indulging ten guests with the luxury of cooking an extravagant three-course meal in the restaurant’s kitchen while learning fundamental French techniques from the celebrated culinary team. Classes are $95 per person, and the February menu begins with Seared Scallops with lentils du Puy and cauliflower velouté; followed by the main course of Braised Short-Rib with creamy polenta, cipollini onion, and asparagus—a classic Patina dish; and ending with Olive Oil Cake with orange sherbet.

Reservations for each series can be made by calling the restaurant at 213.972.3331.

Wine After Work – Classes are from 6-7 p.m. on April 8 and May 13, 2015

Inside the Kitchen with Patina – Classes are from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on April 4, June 6, August 1, October 3, and December 5, 2015

Wine After Work – $50 per person (excludes tax)
Inside the Kitchen with Patina – $95 per person

Patina
141 S. Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90012

About Patina Restaurant:

Located in the spectacular Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles, the flagship restaurant of Patina Restaurant Group expresses the highest culinary ideals of Chef and Founder Joachim Splichal. This Relais & Châteaux property pampers its guests with multi-course tasting menus, gourmet cheeses, and an award-winning wine list. Patina features a private dining room, stylish late-night cocktail bar, and impeccable service, and defines luxury dining on the West Coast. Patina offers complimentary valet parking to all guests dining after 8 p.m. Reservations can be made by calling the restaurant directly at 213.972.3331, or via Open Table. Find Patina on Facebook and follow on Twitter.