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Seabourn bags Thomas Keller for new dishes, signature restaurant

Seabourn bags Thomas Keller for new dishes, signature restaurant
Seabourn announced a partnership with world-renowned US chef and restaurateur Thomas Keller. The culinary genius behind a trio of Michelin-starred restaurants—The French Laundry, Per Se and Bouchon—Keller will bring his award-winning French and American cuisine to the line in 2015, adding new flavors and flair to complement Seabourn's already noted cuisine.

Keller will develop an array of dishes, ranging from appetizers to entrees to desserts, for multiple dining venues aboard Seabourn Odyssey, Seabourn Sojourn and Seabourn Quest beginning in early fall.

In addition, Seabourn will partner with Keller to introduce a new signature restaurant to be revealed early next spring on Seabourn Quest before being expanded to the entire fleet, including the line's two new ships designed by Adam D. Tihany. Seabourn Encore will launch in late 2016 and Seabourn Ovation in early spring 2018.

Keller will also advise on various aspects of the line's culinary operations, sharing his expertise and vision.

President Rick Meadows said Seabourn is honored and delighted to have a restaurateur of Keller's stature 'take our on-board culinary offerings to an even higher level.'

Meadows added that Keller's 'culinary talent and sophisticated cuisine are beyond compare and the perfect match for our guests.'

For his part, Keller cited an 'inherent alignment of our philosophies, which makes our collaboration with Seabourn an exciting new opportunity for our restaurant group.' He added: 'We look forward to sharing our best practices and repertoire with Seabourn's outstanding culinary team.'