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Trip Highlight - Dining at the Chef's Table

Tonight, we were due to meet the chef and maître d’ and 8 other passengers for hors d’oeuvres in the galley (kitchen) at 7 to begin an indulgent dining experience.  Dining at the Chef’s Table on the Sapphire Princess was one of the big highlights of our trip and a definite “Must Do” if you can secure yourself a place.

Tips for Future Travellers

I had done my pre-trip research carefully, so I knew that the first job on arriving at our cabin was to seek out the reservation form and book a seat at the Chef’s Table before I even started to think about unpacking anything!  The fact that we were staying in a suite probably helped to push us up the priority list, so that was another perk of splashing out a bit on upgrading the booking with the cash we had saved from booking the trip directly rather than through a travel agent.

Foodie Firsts

It was a truly spectacular occasion, although the portions were American sized and more than we could manage.

The lavish menu was beautifully presented and carefully thought through, with wines chosen to enhance each course.

I photographed the menu to help us remember the details of all the courses. This was truly a banquet never to be forgotten.

The Executive chef, Antonio Constantino, hails from Valledalomo, Sicily and is completely passionate about his work.   It was a real pleasure and a privilege to share the results of his enthusiasm and his view of cooking as a way of enjoying and celebrating life.

The experience included a tour of the kitchens on board the ship which was fascinating.

Chef's Table on the Sapphire Princess Menu
Sapphire Princess Chef's Table Menu
Chef's Table on the Sapphire Princess Fruit Carvings
A Decorative Galley Fruit Carving
Chef's Table on the Sapphire Princess Ice Carving
Ice Carving and Fruit and Flower Baskets
Chef's Table on the Sapphire Princess Foie Gras
Foie Gras Terrine on Brioche with Pineapple
Chef's Table on the Sapphire Princess Crab and Black Truffle Mini Quiche
Crab and Black Truffle Mini Quiche
Chef's Table on the Sapphire Princess Chef Antonio with Lobster Margaritas
Chef Antonio with Lobster Margaritas
Chef's Table on the Sapphire Princess Baked Camembert
Baked Camembert
Chef's Table on the Sapphire Princess New Potatoes with Sour Cream
New Potatoes with Sour Cream
Chef's Table on the Sapphire Princess Steaks Flambé
Steaks Flambé
Chef's Table on the Sapphire Princess Orange Sorbet
Orange Sorbet
Chef's Table on the Sapphire Princess Grand Finale
The Grand Finale
Chef's Table on the Sapphire Princess Waiter's Pride Petit Fours
Waiter's Pride Petit Fours

It is a good job there is an on board gym.  I was aiming to spend most of the next day split between that and run-in deck circuits, but it was well worth it.  Dining at the Chef’s Table on the Sapphire Princess was without doubt an unforgettable trip highlight.  Muchas Gracias Antonio!