Celebrity chef Bryan Voltaggio to sail on scenic luxury cruises


Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours is teaming up with Bryan Voltaggio, former “Top Chef”, for an 11-day gastronomy-themed river cruise in the south of France next fall.

The 11-day “Spectacular South of France with Chef Bryan Voltaggio” cruise will be departing from Lyon and back on October 20, 2022 and is open for booking.

Cruise passengers will have multiple opportunities to interact and learn from Voltaggio. The navigation begins with a welcome reception in the evening with a cocktail and the chance to meet the chef. The cruise will include an onboard cooking demonstration of a new recipe, a lecture on seasonal and French cuisine and a four-course dinner on board created and prepared by Voltaggio for all guests. Passengers will also have the chance to make a reservation to dine with Chef L’Amour, the onboard specialty restaurant.

“Lyon and all of Burgundy represent the gastronomic heart of France. From truffles and cheeses to the great variety of wines, this region is a culinary enthusiast’s dream, ”said Voltaggio. “I look forward to partnering with Scenic on this very special cruise and taking their guests on a journey of culinary exploration. “

Former Top Chef Bryan Voltaggio will sail with Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours in October 2022. (Photo via Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours)

The route includes the picturesque village of Tournus, where you can join highly trained hunting dogs and their owners to locate and taste French truffles or visit the restaurant of three Michelin star chef Georges Blanc for a cooking demonstration. A tour and tasting at a family-owned olive farm is offered in Tarascon, while an opportunity to taste the famous Châteauneuf-du-Pape wines at a Côtes du Rhône vineyard is available in Avignon. As with any scenic river cruise, all shore excursions are included in the cruise fare.

The navigation will take place aboard 149 Scenic Sapphire passengers on the Rhône and Saône rivers. The ship is equipped with a cooking store called Scenic Culinaire, where guests can participate in cooking classes for up to 10 at a time. Classes will be offered by Scenic’s chefs throughout the cruise, including in Avignon where guests can visit a local market with the ship’s chef before returning to Culinaire to create dishes with fresh, local ingredients.

Scenic Space-Ships offer all-inclusive luxury experiences, private butler service and free unlimited drinks and spirits (including a daily restocked minibar), six onboard dining options and a wellness center and fitness. Everything (except a haircut or a massage) is included: tips and gratuities, local guides, Scenic Freechoice activities, as well as Scenic Enrich events exclusive to Scenic and its guests.

Conservator and television personality Voltaggio is from Maryland and a finalist for the James Beard Foundation Award. In 2021 he starred in the Food Network series “Battle of the Brothers” with his brother Michael Voltaggio. He has also published two cookbooks – “Home: Recipes to Cook with Family and Friends” and “VOLT.Ink”. Bryan Voltaggio opened his first restaurant, Volt, in 2008, which he reinvented during the pandemic as Thacher & Rye. A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, he is also Executive Chef for Showroom and Chef and Partner at STRFSH, Voltaggio Brothers Steakhouse and Estuary with his brother Michael.


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