Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic Adds Culinary Naturalist to Cruise Staff

April 20, 2017
National Geographic Orion

(4 p.m EDT) -- Expedition cruise line Lindblad employs a team of experts on each sailing, from marine scientists and geologists to historians, photographers and even ethnomusicologists. Now, it's adding a new title: culinary naturalist.

The first culinary naturalist to sail with Lindblad will be Francis Lam, host of the public radio show "The Splendid Table" and editor-at-large at Clarkson Potter, the only dedicated lifestyle group within Penguin Random House. Lam has also been a columnist for the New York Times Magazine, a judge on Top Chef Masters, the features editor at Gilt Taste, a senior writer at Salon.com and a contributing editor at Gourmet.

In his latest role, Lam is responsible for orchestrating experiences and excursions -- on and off the ship -- that expose Lindblad passengers to the role that food plays in culture, particularly the Faroes.

Lam will sail with two 14-day Nordic cruises onboard National Geographic Orion, departing June 22 and August 13. In addition to learning about Viking history and modern Danish culture, passengers will experience the Faroe Islands through cuisine as they learn to forage and taste fermented lamb and Faroese langoustines. Lam first traveled to the Faroes on assignment for Bon Appetit in 2014.

"We will have Francis for these two itineraries to start -- and hope to roll out the culinary naturalist role with Francis and other culinary experts on voyages with relevant culinary destinations," said Patty Disken-Cahill, a spokeswoman for Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic.

Cruises start from $13,690 per person. 

--By Brittany Chrusciel, Associate Editor

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