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CULINARY JOURNEYS, EPISODE 7: AN EXCLUSIVE CELEBRATION OF NEW ZEALAND WINE

Chef Jon Ashton and Master Sommelier Cameron Douglas Lead a Delectable Vintage Room Journey It’s quite possible to explore the world through a wine glass without ever departing your favorite Crystal ship. With cellars boasting upwards of 10,000 bottles of the most acclaimed vintages from Bordeaux to Barbera and a team of sommeliers each certified by the Court of Master Sommeliers, Crystal Serenity is an ideal home base for any oenophile. In the latest episode of “Crystal Cruises Presents: A Culinary Journey Hosted by Jon Ashton,” this home base explores the best of one of the greatest epicenters of crisp, fruit-forward white wines and other varietals: Auckland, New Zealand. Chef Jon Ashton a

How Chef Katsuji Tanabe Turned Risk into Redemption

When he came to America in 1999, he was a penniless immigrant with no command of the English language and no one to help him find his way. Born into a wealthy family, the son of a Japanese father and Mexican mother, he led a lavish lifestyle in Mexico that would leave him ill prepared for his hardscrabble existence in the United States. Forsaken by his father, who forbade him from pursuing his dream, he was left to his own devices to navigate a new life. The risks seemed high and rewards remote, yet Chef Tanabe persisted, taking whatever cooking jobs he could find. At one stage in his extraordinary life, his bed was a park bench in Los Angeles, near an eatery where he worked long hours to le

CULINARY JOURNEYS, EPISODE 5: TRUFFLES – THE BLACK GOLD OF PERTH

Classic Italian Comfort Food Featuring an Australian Delicacy Black Périgord truffles are among the most expensive edible mushrooms in the world, and Western Australia is one of the world’s largest producers of them. When one thinks of black truffles, images of the eponymous Périgord region in France and Italy’s Piedmont region come to mind. But in Perth, even in summertime – considered “off season” for the fine fungus – restaurants across town feature truffle-accented dishes on their menus, creatively incorporating their earthy flavor into signature entrees, from seafood to potato salad. But it’s a classic Italian specialty that takes center stage in the latest episode of “Crystal Cruises P

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