Windstar Cruises has announced a new culinary partnership with grill expert Steven Raichlen. The arrangement will see Windstar introduce a casual outdoor restaurant called Star Grill by Steven Raichlen, offering a modern, casual, alfresco eatery dishing up grilled, smoked and rotisserie specialties including seafood, meats and vegetables.
Born in Japan, Raichlen is an American culinary expert, considered an authority of modern barbecue, and is also an international TV host and author of 31 books.
Windstar’s culinary team and Steven Raichlen have been working in collaboration to develop the ideal alfresco dining experience, crafting food and beverage menus that will be one-of-a-kind in the cruise and restaurant industries. In 2020, Windstar cruise guests will have the opportunity to taste firsthand where Raichlen’s fascination with global grilling takes him and Windstar guests.
“Our new partnership is a wonderful alliance that will provide our guests with an inviting new place to dine that is entirely suited to Windstar’s casually elegant style of cruising,” said Windstar President John Delaney. “We are on course to make Windstar the undisputed culinary innovator in small ship cruising, and the inventive nature of Steven’s cuisine will be a key part of that leadership.”
Star Grill by Steven Raichlen will first debut on Windstar’s award-winning small ship Star Breeze in February 2020 and then on her sister ships Star Legend in July 2020 and Star Pride in November 2020, all part of the line’s US$250 Million Star Plus Initiative.
Star Grill by Steven Raichlen will offer deck-side dining for 95 guests, serving seafood, lamb, beef and more from the grill, smoker, and slow-roasted on the rotisserie, along with innovative sauces. The top-deck, alfresco restaurant will be open for lunch and dinner service and will feature menu items such as Danish smoked shrimp, lemongrass pork skewers, and Hill Country brisket — or on sea days, enjoy a mid-morning Frühschoppen with artisanal grilled sausage and pretzel rolls.
In addition to the new restaurant partnership, Raichlen himself will sail aboard one culinary-themed cruise each year with Windstar Cruises, leading grill demonstrations and lectures, as well as socialising with guests on board the small ships, catering exclusively to fewer than 350 guests.