Great Australian Culinary Voyage 2023.

Cunard’s first dedicated culinary cruise on board the luxurious Queen Elizabeth will highlight all aspects of Australia’s unique produce, and will be joined by some of Australia’s culinary royalty.

28 January - 2 February 2023, Queen Elizabeth.

Setting sail on 28 January 2023, Cunard’s inaugural Great Australian Culinary Voyage offers you a wonderful opportunity to indulge in your love of food and wine while enjoying a summer cruise on Queen Elizabeth to Tasmania. 

The 5-night sailing departing Sydney via Melbourne and Burnie (Tasmania) highlights all aspects of Australia’s unique culinary offerings. You will be able to taste exceptional dishes, learn about Indigenous ingredients, sample beautiful Australian drops and immerse yourselves in the unique local food experiences on our bespoke shore excursions.

Some of Australia’s most celebrated chefs, wine makers and food critics will shine the spotlight on Australia’s culinary uniqueness and diversity. Exclusive dishes created by talented Australian food icons will make this an unmissable experience for all food enthusiasts.

Special guests.

Matt Moran.

With over 30 years in the food industry, a plethora of awards, appearances on prime-time TV shows, a handful of best-selling cookbooks, and the tour de force behind some of Australia’s most celebrated dining establishments - including two-hatted Aria, Chiswick, North Bondi Fish and Opera Bar - Matt Moran is an Australian food icon. Matt is a pioneer of the ‘paddock to plate’ philosophy which is showcased in his award-winning contemporary Australian menus that emphasise seasonal ingredients, balanced flavours, and premium-quality produce. While on board, the Australian icon will create exclusive dishes for diners and share his passion for Australian food and produce with Cunard guests through talks and interviews.

Terry Durack and Jill Dupleix.

Terry Durack and Jill Dupleix have been touted as Australia’s most famous foodie couple. Together, they have masterfully mapped the last 30 years of Australian wining and dining as two of the industry’s best food writers, restaurant critics and cookbook authors.

Together, Terry and Jill will be hosting Q&As and a very special dinner on board Queen Elizabeth. Additionally, Terry will give a fascinating talk about his life as a restaurant critic, while Jill will be joining food demonstrations given by the headline chefs.

Mark Olive.

Mark Olive has been a chef for over 30 years and has established himself as an Australian food icon through his work with Australian indigenous and native ingredients. A Bundjalung Man, Mark’s family originated from the Northern Rivers region in NSW. He starred in his television series ‘The Outback Cafe’ and has been a host on popular shows including SBS’s ‘A Chef’s Line’ and ‘On Country Kitchen’.

For his time on board Queen Elizabeth, Mark will treat guests to a native Australian ingredient cooking demonstration, collaborate with Cunard’s chef to create a 3-course menu incorporating indigenous produce for a special dinner, and participate in a Q&A session.

Darren Purchese.

Darren Purchese is one of the most respected pastry chefs working in Australia today and is renowned for his exquisite and extravagant sweet creations. Darren is an author of five cookbooks and is a regular on TV, most notably MasterChef Australia.

On board, Darren will be taking over Cunard’s famous and much-loved Afternoon Tea on both sea days. In addition to this, he’ll be creating two unique pastries that will feature on a special menu at one of the ship’s popular restaurants. Guests will also be treated to a live cooking demonstration, where they can learn tips and tricks from Darren.

Huon Hooke.

Huon Hooke is a leading Australian independent wine writer and critic. Huon has been writing about wine since 1983 and is best known for his weekly columns in some of Australia’s most popular and widely read newspapers and magazines.

On board Queen Elizabeth, Huon will delight guests with his extensive knowledge of Australian and international wines through a wine masterclass, various talks and wine pairings at special dinners.

Event Voyages.

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