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Celebrity renews 'Top Chef at Sea' partnership through 2016

Celebrity renews 'Top Chef at Sea' partnership through 2016
Celebrity Cruises and Bravo Media extended their 'Top Chef at Sea' program through 2016, and will offer fans and food lovers the opportunity to sail with a new group of cheftestants on the 2015 'Top Chef Signature Sailing.'

That Nov. 14 eastern Caribbean cruise aboard Celebrity Reflection will carry six former 'Top Chef' competitors.

They are Nina Compton, 'Top Chef New Orleans' runner-up; Tiffany Derry, 'Top Chef DC' and 'Top Chef All-Stars' contestant and owner of TD Concepts; Ash Fulk, 'Top Chef Las Vegas' contestant and culinary director at Hill Country Hospitality in New York City; Gregory Gourdet, 'Top Chef Boston' runner-up and executive chef at Departure Restaurant + Lounge in Portland, Oregon; Doug Adams, 'Top Chef Boston' finalist and chef de cuisine of Imperial and Portland Penny Diner; and Chris Crary, 'Top Chef Texas' contestant and executive chef of Hyde Sunset Kitchen + Cocktails in Los Angeles.

New during this year’s 'Top Chef Signature Sailing,' vacationers can choose from destination experiences hosted by a featured cheftestant. The exclusive shore excursions will be available for purchase soon.

The cruise also will feature new duel-style cooking demonstrations where cheftestants battle each other while answering fans’ questions, with the winning dish chosen by the audience. Also on board and back by popular demand are private cooking classes and private dinners with the chefs where participants can hone their skills and get advice on preparing dishes at home.

In addition Celebrity will continue to offer interactive Quickfire Challenges and 'Top Chef'-inspired menu evenings on its cruises aboard nine ships, for all sailings departing through June 2016. Quickfire Challenges put cruisers in the spotlight to get a taste of the pressure the cheftestants experience on the show. Plus, passengers can order a selection of the dishes the judges raved about on the series at 'Top Chef Night' in the main restaurant.

Celebrity first partnered with 'Top Chef' in November 2014.