Oceania Cruises expands its culinary curriculum with twenty new classes for its Culinary Center, including a special 2-day culinary program, a session focusing on the life of Chef Jacques Pépin and additions to Gourmet Explorer Series showcasing cooking styles from international destinations.

The new culinary programs were developed by Chef Kathryn Kelly, longtime Director of Culinary Enrichment, and will debut on Riviera and Marina starting in April 2015. Oceania Cruises first launched the Culinary Center program in 2011.

Kelly said that in their Culinary Center, guests cooked under the instruction of faculty members (all CIA graduates) and had apprenticed under renowned chefs. She added they continued to offer new topics to keep things fresh for past passengers and this year were proud to honor Jacques Pepin, their consummate teacher, with a special class.

On select sailings, Oceania Culinary Center will offer a Culinary School Immersion Program, in response to guest requests. The curriculum was designed to improve the skills of home chefs by focusing on the essential techniques for grilling, preparing vegetables, creating basic sauces and other culinary skills.  There are a morning and afternoon sessions and the instruction extends for two days.

A friendly competition is the highlight of Oceania culinary immersion program. Teams of four are paired to prepare a dish which is judged by the faculty and executives from ship’s culinary team.

Oceania is establishing an exclusive class "La Technique: A Celebration of Jacques Pépin’s 80th Birthday” including recipes and family favorites from Jacques’ cookbooks. The new class covers techniques written in Pépin’s early book “La Technique”, remaining a must for modern chefs, and “Essential Pépin” - the collection of more than 700 favorite recipes stretching over his six-decade experience. 

New Regional Classes will showcase regional cuisine from the Pacific Northwest, Peru, Morocco and more. The curriculum of Oceania Culinary Center appeals to a wide range of culinary skill levels and tastes and features classes such as At Home in Sicily, Rock Your Wok and Viva Tapas. Classes range from 45 minutes to 3 hours, depending on itinerary.