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In yet another first for Britain’s best loved chef, Jamie’s Italian and leading holiday company Royal Caribbean International today announce that it will open the first Jamie Oliver eaterie at sea. The company’s most innovative resort ships, Quantum of the Seas and Anthem of the Seas will feature a Jamie’s Italian. ‘Anthem of the Seas’ will open to guests during spring 2015 and sail from Southampton whilst ‘Quantum of the Seas’ will open to guests during autumn 2014 and sail from New York.
He’s shaken up school meals, helped jobless youngsters and even taken on the American diet – now Jamie Oliver is heading to sea to set up his first restaurant on a cruise ship.
The 38-year-old Naked Chef is expanding his Jamie’s Italian chain to Royal Caribbean’s new vessel Quantum of the Seas, which already boasts skydiving, bumper cars and a pod that carries passengers 90m (300ft) above the waves.
The restaurant will also be introduced to sister ship Anthem of the Seas, based in Southampton next year – putting him in direct competition to Saturday Kitchen chef James Martin and old adversary Marco Pierre White who will be among the five ‘food heroes’ on P&O Cruises’ rival ship Britannia.
Announcing his new venture, Oliver said his inspiration to set up a restaurant at sea came from his childhood, when every three years his father Trevor would save up and take the family on a Royal Caribbean cruise.
The highlights would be ‘the time with Mum and Dad, being at sea, the islands, different countries, getting to meet people from all round the world… in actual fact, I’m still friends with some kids that we met on the last cruise I did, which was round the Caribbean – I got a Facebook message just a week ago.’
But he added: ‘I never thought I’d have my own restaurant on board! Jamie’s Italian is coming to the high seas, I’m so excited to be able to put my little baby on this incredible ship. I never dreamt that I’d do it but we’re doing it and it’s real and I’m really, really buzzed up about it.’
Quantum of the Seas will tear up tradition by not having a main dining room with a captain’s table. Instead, there will be 19 differently themed restaurants around the ship, which launches this autumn and will sail from New York. Identical sister Anthem will debut in Britain next April.
Oliver said: ‘Food has always been at the heart of Royal Caribbean and I remember it as a guest. When you’re on these cruises, it’s nice to mix it up, to have memories of different corners, in different seats, in different restaurants.’
He said he was delighted his eaterie would have al fresco dining. ‘So I’ve got my little bit of outside, I got my inside, we’ve got a really lovely team that’s going to service all our customers so I think it’s going to be a really nice little tweak on the usual Jamie’s Italian experience that will suit the ship just fine.
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