I am so thrilled to have announced my partnership with Norwegian Cruise Line. I have always wanted to create a restaurant with a defined focus on seafood that incorporates techniques to pull flavors from fish. Truly, I feel that I need to pinch myself – superb partners in a pristine setting aboard Norwegian’s pinnacle – and most innovative ship!
We have been working hard to start formulating the Ocean Blue dining space. Chairs and barstools have been selected as well as fabrics. We worked quickly with a genius graphics firm to come up with a logo aesthetic that will start to shape the restaurant’s personality. I have started putting together a list of all my best purveyors so my choice ingredients will be available for us to cook with on board. We are crafting a true New York restaurant for this incredible ship!
And as luck would have it, we were able to tour both Norwegian Epic and Norwegian Star. I was struck by the immaculate nature of both ships. I was in awe that as we toured the ships, 3000 guests had just gotten off and 3,000 more were due back on in just two hours! Not to mention that the kitchens were enormous, and the storage for everything amazingly organized. I have to say, I was most impressed by the bakery – astonishingly, the bakeries on board produce every single baked good that is served to guests.
I was also very impressed by each of the ship’s Hotel Directors. They truly manage floating cities, and their front of house and back of house staff couldn’t have been more hospitable. Bottom line, the facilities were fist rate all around.
I will check back in soon with all of you Norwegian Breakaway fans and provide updates to you on the progress of my new restaurants, Ocean Blue, The Raw Bar and Ocean Blue on The Waterfront. In the meantime, feel free to chat with me on twitter at @GZChef.
See you on board soon ~ Geoffrey