Singapore, 10 November 2019 – “Taste the Dream – Wine and Dine at Sea”, the signature culinary extravaganza of Dream Cruises, will return this year with the launch of “A Taste of the Palace”, featuring regal menus by two internationally acclaimed celebrity chefs, Chef Darren McGrady and Chef Ivan Li. Making their debuts on the award-winning Genting Dream and World Dream cruise ships, Chef Darren McGrady was the former British Royal Family chef to Queen Elizabeth II, Diana, Princess of Wales, as well as Princes William and Harry; while Chef Ivan Li of Family Li Imperial Cuisine hails from a family of imperial high court officials who served the courts of the Qing dynasty in China.
Mr. Michael Goh, President of Dream Cruises and Head of International Sales, Genting Cruise Lines said, “Taste the Dream – Wine and Dine at Sea is the signature culinary program of Dream Cruises that redefines haute cuisine at sea with the best of the East and West. The program debuted last year with our ocean and sailing-inspired thematic collaborations with the region’s top celebrity chefs, which were well received by discerning guests. This year, we are delighted to present “A Taste of the Palace”, where our guests will indulge in an immersive experience of regal gastronomy at sea, comprised of wine-pairing tasting menus, enrichment talks, interactive workshops and more.”
The Palace guests booking the “Taste the Dream – Wine and Dine at Sea” voyage package on board Genting Dream will enjoy a series of special complimentary offerings, including the full experience of “A Taste of The Palace” regal menus curated by Chef Darren McGrady and Chef Ivan Li, as well as admission to thematic performances and activities, such as Chinese opera, British garden tea party, fascinator-making workshop by celebrity milliner Awon Golding, as well as tribute concert to The Beatles. The all-inclusive, all suite luxury private enclave of The Palace – the signature luxury “ship-within-a-ship’ concept of Dream Cruises, features over 140 suites, European butler service, all-inclusive privileges and more.
During the designated sailings of Taste the Dream on November 10-13 and 17-21, all cruising guests will have the chance to taste a selection of regal recipes by Chef McGrady and Chef Li, which will be served in the inclusive restaurants on-board on a complimentary basis. Guests may also indulge in Queen Elizabeth II’s favorite Dubonnet cocktail at Bar City, the stylish central of bars and wine vaults on Genting Dream.
The Queen’s Feast by Chef Darren McGrady
During Chef Darren McGrady’s tenure at Buckingham Palace and Kensington Palace for fifteen years, he cooked for the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh and their guests on a regular basis, catering banquets for Foreign Heads of State including Presidents Bush, Clinton, Reagan and Ford. Chef McGrady also travelled with the royal family to Windsor Castle, Sandringham House and Balmoral Castle, as well as on the Royal Yacht Britannia on royal tours around the world.
Now based in Texas, Chef McGrady is an accomplished author, culinary consultant, event planner, public speaker, as well as owner of a private catering service for fine dining.
As guest chef of “A Taste of The Palace”, Chef McGrady will present two seasonal degustation menus, a vegetarian menu and an a la carte menu, featuring some of the regal family’s favourite dishes, such as Gaelic steak, one of Queen Elizabeth II’s favourite entrees, as well as English treacle tart, the favourite dessert of Princes William and Harry.
Chef McGrady will make his Singapore cruise debut with Dream Cruises on the 3-night sailing of Genting Dream on November 11-13.
The Forbidden Banquet by Chef Ivan Li
Family Li Imperial Cuisine was founded by the late Professor Li Shan Lin, whose grandfather, Li Zi Jia, was a highly ranked official of Empress Dowager Cixi in Qing dynasty and oversaw the imperial kitchen of The Forbidden City. Upon retirement, Li recorded what he could recall of the imperial cuisine’s ingredients and cooking methods, which were passed on to his descendants. In 1985, Professor Li founded the first Family Li Imperial Cuisine, which has since been catering to a prestigious guest list of celebrities including Jackie Chan, Robert Rubin, former United States Secretary of the Treasury and Edward Heath, former British prime minister. As the torch bearer of his family legacy, Chef Ivan Li is now the second generation owner of Family Li Imperial Cuisine, as well as the winner of 2014 Diner’s Club Lifetime Achievement Award.
Chef Ivan Li will set sail on Genting Dream on November 17-20 to present three tasting menus from Family Li Imperial Cuisine, featuring some of the most iconic dishes in the court of Qing dynasty, such as Tofu of Jade, a green pea mash created especially for Empress Cixi that has a distinctive hue of jade green; as well as bird’s nest with pheasant meat and vermicelli, an exquisite dish that uses some of the most favored ingredients in the courts of Qing dynasty.
Millinery “Royal Hat” Workshop by Awon Golding
Awon Golding is the award winning London-based milliner who has spent an eclectic youth in India, Hong Kong and England. She draws on her multicultural heritage to inspire dynamic headpieces. After an apprenticeship with renowned London milliner Edwina Ibbotson, she went on to receive a Distinction in Millinery from the Kensington and Chelsea College. Awon was recently appointed as the Head Millinery Designer of Lock & Co., the world’s oldest hat shop and royal warrant holder. She has countless celebrity clients and also created the hat of the Duchess of Sussex Megan Markle (married to Prince Harry) which she wore on Christmas Day 2018. Lady Gaga has also commissioned her to create a distinctive headpiece. This will be Awon’s first millinery engagement in Singapore.
Guests of “The Queen’s Feast” can learn the art of millinery by creating a finished headpiece in workshops with Awon Golding.