(7:30 p.m. BST) -- P&O Cruises has broadened its longstanding partnership with celebrity chef Marco Pierre White by putting him in charge of The Cookery Club, starting this month.
Designed by renowned chef James Martin and introduced on Britannia in 2015, the cooking school offers demonstrations from some of the biggest names in the culinary industry. White, the youngest chef ever to be awarded three Michelin stars, will host six of them -- dubbed 'Unmistakably Marco' classes -- through 2019 as he oversees the programme.
White's Britannia sailing dates include September 30, May 18, June 15, June 29, August 17 and August 24, and cruisers must sign up in advance for these hands-on sessions, which are capped at 18 people. After each lesson, passengers partake in the meals they've prepared.
"Teaching is my passion", White said in a statement from the cruise line. "It is about telling stories and inspiring confidence. The simplest dish, cooked well and using great local ingredients, will create love round the dining table. My classes in The Cookery Club on Britannia arm guests with tips and knowledge so that they can prepare dishes for friends and family which look and taste wonderful."
White, who has had a link-up with P&O Cruises for more than a decade, will also present 'Hosted Dinners', which omit hands-on cooking and allow passengers to focus on eating four courses prepared by White and paired with wine as part of a more elegant, formal affair.
"Marco is a true legend who shaped modern British food, and we are delighted that he will now take this lead role in The Cookery Club", said Paul Ludlow, P&O Cruises' senior vice president. "Our guests will have the opportunity to learn from him and even have their supper cooked by him. There's nowhere else in the world that this happens, and as a memory for a foodie it has to be second to none."
--By Ashley Kosciolek, Editor