March 14, 2002
Cunard Line is adding a little ooh-la-la to its traditional British menus with the hiring of French celebrity chef Daniel Boulud, owner and operator of the famed Daniel restaurant in New York. Boulud will design signature menus for each restaurant on each of Cunard's four ships, which will be available in addition to the line's usual classic cuisine. Boulud said his cruise menus will be primarily French American but with creative touches and fresh regional ingredients highlighted when goods are available in foreign ports. Cunard operates the Queen Elizabeth 2 and the Caronia; the 150,000-ton oceanliner Queen Mary 2 and an 85,000-ton ship are under construction. Boulud's Daniel has garnered a long list of accolades during its 10-year history, including four stars from the New York Times last year. It was named "One of the Top 50 Restaurants in America" by Gourmet magazine in October and received a "2001 Best Award of Excellence" from Wine Spectator in November.