Explora Journeys, MSC Group's new luxury lifestyle brand, has announced its partnership with world-renowned Italian chef Mauro Uliassi to curate a one-of-a-kind culinary experience for guests onboard EXPLORA I.
Guests can experience the menu from the Maiden Journey commencing on July 17 until the arrival in New York on September 25, 2023.
As the first guest chef at Anthology, one of 11 culinary experiences onboard, Chef Uliassi and his team will showcase an artful blend of tradition and modernity in Italian cuisine.
Chef Mauro Uliassi is renowned for his innovative and inventive approach to Italian cuisine, and his culinary creations have earned him worldwide acclaim. He gained three Michelin stars at his restaurant Uliassi in Senigallia near Ancona on the Adriatic coast in Italy.
Uliassi's cuisine reflects his passion for the sea and his deep respect for the environment, as he celebrates the unique flavours and textures of the ocean, making him a perfect fit for Explora Journeys' ethos of sustainable and locally sourced dining experiences, while creating a culinary “Ocean State of Mind."
"We are thrilled to welcome Chef Uliassi onboard EXPLORA I and offer our guests the opportunity to indulge in his truly exceptional culinary creations. Balancing contemporary techniques and creativity with a deep respect for regional culinary history, our chefs have one aim: to enhance the memories that guests take with them long after their journey has ended," said Jason Gelineau, head of product, Explora Journeys.
EXPLORA I’s Anthology restaurant is defined as a culinary stage for guest chefs to curate menus in collaboration with Franck Garanger, Explora Journeys’ Head of Culinary, showcasing global cuisines, along with wine pairings by illustrious winemakers for a one-of-a-kind culinary experience.
Set in sophisticated, refined elegance, with the opportunity to dine al fresco, lower light levels, and flawless service create an intimate yet elevated atmosphere.
"I am excited to collaborate with Explora Journeys and to bring my culinary creations to the guests onboard EXPLORA I. Having known the group for many years, this collaboration truly is close to my heart. It is a unique opportunity to showcase my interpretation of Italian cuisine and celebrate the beauty and sustainability of the sea. Inspired by the endless treasures of the ocean, I look forward to creating a truly multi-sensory experience for guests dining at Anthology," said Chef Uliassi.
Dining at Anthology is a one-of-a-kind experience enabling discovery and enrichment, and is not part of the inclusive culinary experiences. Tasting menu is $282.00 Canadian per person. Wine pairing is $111.00 Canadian per person.
The naming ceremony for EXPLORA I will take place in Civitavecchia near Rome, Italy on July 8, followed by her Maiden Journey departing on July 17 from Southampton, UK for a 15-night sailing into Norwegian fjords and the Arctic Circle to Copenhagen, Denmark.