Master Chef Nobu Matsuhisa To Join Crystal’s President Cruise In 2015

Master Chef Nobu Matsuhisa will bring his internationally acclaimed expertise aboard Crystal Cruises’ 12 July ultra-luxury European cruise from Lisbon to London.  The planned special dinners, sake tastings and celebrations set to feature Nobu’s famous Peruvian-infused Japanese fare will only enhance the already festive atmosphere on board, as the sailing celebrates Crystal’s 25th Anniversary, and is hosted by Crystal’s president and COO Edie Rodriguez.

Throughout the 13-day voyage, Nobu – whose signature cuisine is featured in Crystal’s onboard Silk Road and The Sushi Bar – will share his talents and famously personable panache during cooking demos, book signings and Sake tastings with Sake Master Hazu.

More exclusive and indulgent experiences planned for the voyage include:

Two omakase, or chef’s choice dinners in Silk Road, with menus by Nobu featuring Connoisseur ingredients including toro tuna, paired with champagne and rare, specially-crafted Hokustsu “Northern Snow” Sake and Ongaku-shu “Musical Sake”.  The US$250 per person dinners also offer guests a complimentary signed cookbook and photo with Nobu.

An extravagant, US$1,000-per-guest Ultimate Vintage Room dinner, with a specially designed menu complete with champagne and wine pairings for just 12 guests.

“Nobu has been a special part of the Crystal family for many years and we’re thrilled to welcome him back on board to celebrate our 25th anniversary,” says Rodriguez.  “Luxury travellers throughout the world relish the opportunity to enjoy his distinctive cuisine, making the fact that guests can enjoy his specialties on every cruise during the year and this opportunity to mingle with and learn from him all the more special for Crystal guests.”

Nobu’s Japanese-Peruvian fusion has been served complimentary in Silk Road and The Sushi Bar on board every Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity sailing since 2003 and 2008, respectively.   Nobu personally trains all chefs, designs all menus, and frequently visits the ships for ongoing refinement.