There is still time to get your tickets to what may be Bravo’s crowning achievement of cross-promotional shark-jumping, Top Chef: The Cruise.
That’s right…coming up in only a few weeks, hardcore Top Chef fans will have the chance to spend four days and three nights aboard the Celebrity Constellation on a roundtrip from Miami to Cozumel with some of the Top Chef alum. The trip is from April 11th-15th, and will feature appearances by most of the usual suspects, from Gail and Tom C. to Richard Blais, Angelo Sosa, Fabio, Chris Crary, and even a few guys from Top Chef Desserts who I won’t even bother naming because, seriously, who watched Top Chef Desserts?
When I first heard about this cruise back in August, I assumed it had to be an ingenious form of satire, but no…this is actually happening. Either that, or Bravos is really sticking to the joke, because this week we saw another press release on the event announcing the inclusion of Season 10 winner Kristen Kish and runner up Brooke Williamson. Now all of the Cheftestants know how the American Idol contestants feel when they are contractually obligated to go on a karaoke tour at the end of their season.
Here is my favorite part from the release (emphasis added)
In addition to previously announced activities aboard the voyage, such as “Quickfire” challenges, “Dining in the Dark” experiences, behind-the-scenes kitchen tours, Q&A sessions with the judges, Masters and chef’testants and dance parties with DJ and Top Chef Master Hubert Keller, guests can also play Ping-Pong with Spike, jet ski with Casey, try their luck at poker with Hosea and Mike or attend a mixology class with Yigit.
No need to Google it, I’ll save you the time – Yigit won Season 1 of Top Chef Desserts. Which obviously qualifies him to run a mixology class.
If you feel like telling all of your friends that you had a “family emergency” so you can sneak off and indulge your hardcore Top Chef fandom, there are still reservations available here. Enjoy, and make sure that no one snaps any pictures of your face while you are on board.
- By Jon Watson, Food & More blog