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10 Best Charter Yacht Chefs

Broker Shannon Webster of Shannon Webster Charters says: “The 140-foot Mondomarine motoryacht Kimberly II served a sensational lunch during the December 2010 Antigua Charter Yacht Show. We had delightful courses such as lobster bisque and lobster carpaccio and a zesty lemon/lime sorbet. It was the best lunch that I had all week.”

Broker Reia Stannard at CharterWorld recommends the chef aboard the 110-foot Hargrave motoryacht Miracle: “The chef on Miracle is not only very entertaining but is also a fabulous cook. His pear and arugula chilled soup is out of this world.”  

Ocean Independence
says the 194-foot Lürssen motoryacht Oasis “has a renowned chef onboard who specializes in exotic flavors and cuisine styles that she discovers on her travels.”

A different manager at Ocean Independence says she received top-notch feedback from charter brokers who attended a December luncheon aboard the 141-foot sailing yacht This is Us: “Two of the brokers took the time to write to me and used the word ‘excellent’ in their personal reviews of the meal, whose main course was smoked jerk chicken stuffed with roasted sweet potato on a bed of paprika sweet corn puree with citrus salad.”

A marketer for Liveras Yachts tells us the 196-foot Benetti motoryacht Andreas L just added a new chef to the crew who impressed leading brokers during the December 2010 Antigua Charter Yacht Show: “We enjoyed many healthy and unusual dishes, classics with an unusual twist. I heard that a very picky broker raved that Andreas L’s was the best paella he’d ever had.”

Charter broker Ann E. McHorney of Select Yachts says: “I think chef Elizabeth Lee from the sailing catamaran Wonderful is one of the most creative chefs I have ever seen. Her food is delicious and elegantly created, she has won numerous awards, and she continues to amaze. Her cookbook, ‘God’s Kitchen,’ will be out soon with pictures that will blow everyone out of the water.

CharterWave editor Kim Kavin has several favorites this week as well. First is chef Tarina Shadgett of the 163-foot Christensen motoryacht Casino Royale: “Tarina took first prize in the prestigious megayachts division during the chefs’ competition at the 2010 Antigua Charter Yacht Show. I was lucky enough to enjoy a luncheon that she prepared just a few days before the announcement, and I told her then that I thought she had a real chance to win. Her cooking and presentation were that impressive.”

Kim also thinks highly of chef Phil Darmon aboard the 183-foot Benetti motoryacht Four Aces: “Not only is his food excellent, but during the week that I was aboard, he let me into the galley almost every day to ask about recipes and learn cooking tips. He is as generous with his knowledge as he is exceptional in his talents.”

Another of Kim’s favorite chefs is Kai Daehnke aboard the 70-foot Sunreef powercatamaran Sea Bass:  “This was one of the smaller yachts at the December 2010 Antigua show, and yet the crew served one of the best luncheons that I enjoyed all week. Daehnke works in tandem with Capt. Alan Coles to create excellent food and wine pairings, with multiple preparations of dishes that satisfied vegetarians, non-spice eaters, and every other palate at our table.”

Last but not least this week is Kim’s recommendation for chef Stuart Dunsheath aboard the 161-foot Feadship motoryacht Teleost: “He cooked several truly memorable meals for me when I was aboard in the spring of 2006, and I saw him again in December 2010 during the chef’s competition at the Antigua Charter Yacht Show. I was absolutely thrilled to see that he’s still in the charter industry aboard such a fantastic yacht.”

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