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Le Petit Chef on Celebrity Cruises (Plus Menu)
Le Grand Bistro on Celebrity Edge (Photo: Cruise Critic)

Le Petit Chef on Celebrity Cruises (Plus Menu)

Le Petit Chef on Celebrity Cruises (Plus Menu)
Le Grand Bistro on Celebrity Edge (Photo: Cruise Critic)
Ashley Kosciolek
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Celebrity Cruises is known for fun yet classy innovations, and the Le Petit Chef dining experience found on several Celebrity ships falls squarely in line with that reputation. Although land-based establishments also feature Le Petit Chef, Celebrity Edge gave it new life at sea with three additional chef characters. Below, we tell you which ships have it, how much it costs and what you can expect during your visit.

What It Is

Le Petit Chef is the brainchild of Skullmapping, an artists' collective that specializes in 3D projections. It began as a land-based offering before hitting the high seas with Celebrity.

During the experience on most ships, a tiny chef, who could fit in the palm of your hand, is projected onto each expertly placed table setting. Cruisers watch as he whimsically and painstakingly creates each course of their meal. When he's finished, waiters bring out the real thing for passengers to enjoy.

On other ships, the show, dubbed Le Petit Chef and Friends, is further embellished to feature three more tiny chefs, each of whom creates one course that highlights a particular cuisine -- French, Italian, Spanish or Japanese. At the end, diners vote on whose was the best.

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Ambiance

On Celebrity Edge, Le Petit Chef is housed in Le Grand Bistro; on all other vessels that offer Le Petit Chef, passengers can check it out at the delightfully quirky Qsine restaurant.

Because the lights are dimmed for the duration of the meal in order to allow for better viewing of the projections, the ambiance is one of relaxed darkness mixed with satirical visual stimulation on every tabletop. Between courses, bright rings of white light are cast onto each plate. There's a chance it might hurt your eyes or make you dizzy; if that happens, just look away.

Two seatings are offered: 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Because this is a timed event that all diners experience simultaneously, punctuality is essential. Tip: Treat this like a show in the theater. Use the bathroom before you show up, or you'll miss some of the action.

Le Petit Chef on Celebrity Edge (Photo: Celebrity Cruise Line)

Meals

Unlike the food offered at other cruise lines' dinner-and-show experiences, Le Petit Chef's dishes aren't an afterthought. They're outstanding in both quality and presentation, which make a meal there worth its added cost, even for those not interested in the accompanying high-tech wizardry.

There are two separate menus, one for Le Petit Chef and one for Le Petit Chef and Friends. (See the menu sections below.) Each is a set menu that includes alternatives for picky eaters. With advance notice, the restaurant can also cater to those with dietary restrictions. However, do be aware that, like the menu, the projections are set and won't match up for those not ordering the standard course options.

Price

Le Petit Chef costs $55 per person and is available for dinner only. There is no children's menu or pricing.

Le Petit Chef Menu

Le Petit Chef's Main Menu (Photo: Celebrity Cruise Line)

Editor's Note: This menu is a sample and is subject to change without notice by ship or sailing date.

Le Petit Chef and Friends Menu

Le Petit Chef and Friends Menu

Editor's Note: This menu is a sample and is subject to change without notice by ship or sailing date.

Which Ships Have Le Petit Chef?

These ships have the standard Le Petit Chef experience, unless otherwise noted:

  • Celebrity Eclipse
  • Celebrity Edge (Le Petit Chef and Friends)
  • Celebrity Equinox (Le Petit Chef and Le Petit Chef and Friends)
  • Celebrity Infinity
  • Celebrity Reflection
  • Celebrity Silhouette

Updated October 10, 2019

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