Q. When will the Food Heroes be on board?

We know that great food lies at the heart of a great holiday. That’s why P&O Cruises works with the brightest lights of the culinary scene, our Food Heroes: iconic chef Marco Pierre White, master pâtissier Eric Lanlard and award-winning wine expert Olly Smith.

New for 2020, we welcome our Food Heroes on board our brand new ship, Iona. Arriving in May 2020, Iona’s set to spend her summers in the Norwegian Fjords and our Food Heroes can’t wait to be a part of the action. Our Food Heroes are all masters of their craft, and help us to raise the bar with innovative, delicious menus and exclusive foodie experiences.


Marco Pierre White: 

Known the world over, Marco Pierre White has pushed the boundaries of cuisine for over 30 years. In the 1990s he took the restaurant scene by storm, becoming the youngest ever chef to be awarded three Michelin stars. Today, Marco’s passion for serving up superb dishes continues with P&O Cruises. Marco’s innovative Gala Evening menus are a treat for all and his regular appearances on Britannia and new for 2020 – Iona, allow you to meet the man himself. On Iona, he will host interactive cooking shows as well as Q&A sessions, serving up answers to all of your culinary qualms. As the patron of The Cookery Club, Marco hosts masterclasses and dinners when on board Britannia, bringing his expertise to the table. 

Marco is scheduled to be on board the below cruises*


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Olly Smith: 

The irrepressible, award-winning wine expert and passionate foodie, Olly Smith heads up The Glass House restaurant and bar with P&O Cruises. You might recognise him as the regular wine expert on BBC’s Saturday Kitchen. In The Glass House, he brings the world of wine to you – varieties from all four corners of the globe, by the glass, by the bottle, and if you fancy, by a plate of fabulous food. There are also helpful suggestions in the menu on how best to match your chosen wine with the food you order. And you’ll find The Glass House is now available on Iona, too! You can even join Olly on an authentic foodie experience ashore when travelling on Iona.

Olly is scheduled to be on board the below cruises*


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Eric Lanlard:  

Master pâtissier Eric Lanlard has earned himself an international reputation for superlative baked creations. He is, according to Vanity Fair magazine, one of the best pâtissiers in the world. Visit Britannia’s Market Café or Vistas Café Bar on Iona to sample his fine pâtisseries and you’ll soon see why. Afternoon Tea by Eric Lanlard is also not to be missed. The playful reinvention of this British tradition takes teatime decadence to a new level, with creations such as porcini and pancetta éclairs and saffron and mango verrines. On Iona, you can join Eric himself for Afternoon Tea, and you’ll have plenty of opportunities to get up close and personal with the master pâtissier. He also hosts masterclasses and dinners when on board Britannia, bringing his charisma to the whole experience.

Eric is scheduled to be on board the below cruises*


Please also see: When will Eric Lanlard be on-board?


*Please note these dates are subject to change.


The Glass House will continue to be partnered with Olly Smith. Eric Lanlard will be working with us in Vistas and his afternoon tea at a venue to be confirmed. Special gala menus created by Marco Pierre White.

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