Chef Curtis Stone pictured in the new restaurant (Image: James Morgan)
Award-winning Australian chef Curtis Stone officially opened his new restaurant, SHARE by Curtis Stone, onboard Princess Cruises’ Sun Princess in Sydney on 17 October.
SHARE by Curtis Stone is now available on Sun Princess, which is based in Australia full-time, as well as Emerald Princess, which arrives for her first Australian season on 15 November. The restaurant has also opened onboard Ruby Princess.
“So much of my food ethos comes from my Australian upbringing so it means a lot to me that two of my SHARE restaurants are so close to home for Australians,” Curtis said. “SHARE combines all the things that I’m most passionate about – being on the ocean looking over the water, escaping to visit new destinations, and sharing stories and good times over a delicious meal.”
Stone has worked closely with the Princess culinary team to ensure the menu suits the tastes and preferences of Princess Cruises’ Australian guests.
“The menu for Sun Princess alone took about two months to finalise – I wanted to get the look and feel just right for the Aussie market, so I’ve developed a menu unique to the ship,” said Stone. “I’m a very hands-on chef – I’ve been heavily involved in sourcing produce from the best Australian suppliers for Sun Princess and when the ship is at sea I’m often on FaceTime with the SHARE kitchen to see how everything in the galley is going.”
Stone was also involved in designing the restaurant interiors.
“I have a very specific vision of how I want my restaurants to look and feel as well as taste,” said Stone. “With SHARE, I’ve shared personal family photographs for the walls and even selected the books on the shelves – they’re the same books you will find in my living room at home. It’s the personal touches that are really important to me.”
Stuart Allison, Princess Cruises’ vice president of Australia and New Zealand, said: “SHARE centres on a philosophy important to both Curtis and Princess – a dining experience with friends and family in an environment designed for exploring new tastes, while sharing in wonderful memories and great holiday experiences.”