Crystal debuts video series hosted by celebrity chef Jon Ashton

Jon Ashton is flanked by David George, Crystal Serenity’s chef de duisine, left, and Werner Brenner, Crystal Serenity’s executive chef Jon Ashton is flanked by David George, Crystal Serenity’s chef de duisine, left, and Werner Brenner, Crystal Serenity’s executive chef

Crystal Cruises partnered with chef Jon Ashton to produce a 12-part video series that takes viewers on a delicious journey around the world with Crystal’s culinary team.

Ashton, a celebrity chef who has appeared on cooking segments on NBC’s 'Today' and 'The Tonight Show,' has been a returning favorite guest chef for Crystal’s Wine & Food Festival voyages the past 12 years. In the series he chronicles his travels through the traditional cuisine in the destinations visited by Crystal Serenity with leading food experts around the world.

The first video showcases Los Angeles and premiered today on the 'Crystal Insider' blog and Crystal Cruises’ YouTube channel.

Local chefs' signature dishes

The series features local chefs, farmers and expert guides showcasing their signature dishes—and tips for preparing them—in an array of locales, taking Ashton and viewers off the beaten path into the heart of each place’s culinary spirit. Innovative tacos in Los Angeles, coconut and chop suey in Samoa, fresh poke in Hawaii, the wines of New Zealand, the widely varied cuisine of Australia, prawns in South Africa and much more are on the menu for this series, as well as the globally-inspired dining venues aboard Crystal Serenity.

Recreated aboard Crystal

Ashton, alongside Crystal’s culinary team, will create signature dishes inspired by these travels, shared with passengers and virtually with viewers.

The 'Crystal Cruises Presents: A Culinary Journey Hosted by Jon Ashton' video series is produced by Jon Ashton Productions. New episodes will air twice monthly and can be found on the 'Crystal Insider' blog and Crystal's YouTube channel.

Posted 05 March 2019

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Anne Kalosh

Editor, Seatrade Cruise News & Senior Associate Editor Seatrade Cruise Review