If you’re a foodie who loves travel and photography, chartering a yacht is probably high on your list of dream holidays. You’ll want to make sure it comes with a talented yacht chef, one who’s capable of preparing dishes that are not only delicious, but are totally Instagram-worthy too. Here’s the lowdown on four of the hottest yacht chefs currently in action, and why you should be following them and their stunning creations, on Instagram.
Grace Dvornik – Stunning Seafood
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lobster eggs benedict w/ old bay hollandaise (lobster caught & cleaned by my fabulous deck crew) – I saw Old Bay Hollandaise on a menu for @yachtarience and thought it sounded fantastic so I’ve had it on my galley to-do list for a while. Special thanks to @theyachtchef and @thecrewchef for the inspiration – the boss loved it!
This Florida-based freelance yacht chef is known for her fantastic seafood, but you can rely on her for incredible cocktails too – she won the Signature Cocktail Competition at the Newport Charter Yacht Show during her very first week on a charter. Having a degree in theatre and the arts means she brings a touch of theatricality to all her dishes, placing great importance on presentation.
Expect enticing canapés using seafood and caviar, lobster eggs benedict, mackerel escabeche, and shrimp fettuccine. Her desserts include grapefruit brulée, key lime pie and vanilla raspberry chia pudding.
Dean Harrison – Galley Gastronomy
This Australian yacht chef currently based in Florida combines high-end gastronomy with a passion for the environment and sustainability, and serves up ambitious, internationally inspired cuisine, specialising in interesting flavour combinations and excellent presentation. Expect freshly caught yellowfin tuna sashimi, vanilla duck breast with puffed red quinoa, hazelnut date purée and maple carrots, and grilled halloumi with pomegranate molasses and hazelnuts. His desserts include blueberry filled churros served with cinnamon bacon dust, blueberry ice-cream and cinnamon smoke.
Hannah Walker – Visionary Vegan
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Malaysian inspo today for lunch. Engos request for a laksa came out pretty nice! 🍜 Tofu and Mushroom Laksa 🍜 Nasi Goreng style rice with fried eggs and Siracha mayo 🍜 Asian slaw with peanut chilli and lime sauce 🍜 Fresh mange tout with sesame #crewfood #yachtchef #vegetarianrecipes #laksa #tofu #instafood #nom #cheflife #lockdowncooking #healthyfood
For visionary gourmet vegetarian and vegan options, look no further than this plant-loving yacht chef. Travelling and cooking her way around the world, and currently based in Mallorca, Hannah dedicates scroll-worthy feed to healthy but delicious bites with the occasional indulgent treat. Expect dishes as bold and as colourful as the chef herself, including green goodness gazpacho, sweet potato and coconut dhal, garden poke bowl and crispy falafel salad. Her desserts include a coconut, cardamon sticky rice pudding with lime and coconut sorbet and rum braised pineapple.
Micail Swindells – Delectable Desserts
Known for his artistic and delectable desserts, this British-born yacht chef has worked at no fewer than 15 Michelin-star restaurants. Enjoying a close collaboration with his sous-chef, Dominic Horsey, the duo thrive on serving up complex and visually exotic fish and vegetarian-oriented dishes. Expect beetroot and blackberry salad with sprouted walnut dressing, bergamot-and-lime-cured hamachi, or Japanese amberjack, served with shiso vinegar, and caviar with oyster ice cream with fermented white asparagus and potato variations. His desserts include dark chocolate severe with sea buckthorn and yoghurt, crêpes piped with vanilla mascarpone and sorrel granita, and yoghurt parfait encased in a blueberry gel.
Travellers and foodies alike will enjoy following these four talented and versatile yacht chefs, as well as their extraordinary creations, on Instagram. Better still, why not try a yacht charter for yourself, and enjoy choosing where you’d like to go and what you’d like to eat, while taking some seriously ‘grammable photos of your own?