We’re very excited to announce our newest Private Event Host, “Royal Chef” Darren McGrady!
Chef Darren is part of the global roll-out of Windstar’s new Private Event program in 2015. Each Windstar sailing now boasts a unique and complimentary “private event” with a region-specific experience, allowing guests the opportunity to connect more deeply with the destination during their cruise.
Chef Darren is the former personal chef to Queen Elizabeth II; Diana, Princess of Wales; and Princes William and Harry. He spent 15 years cooking for the Royal Family and will be sharing his experiences and dishes with guests on Windstar this summer.
Darren will come aboard Windstar’s June 19 Idyllic British Isles sailing as the Private Event Host, attending Windstar’s Private Event at Picton Castle, a 13th century castle reserved for Windstar guests to explore while enjoying appetizers, sparkling wine, and music from a Welsh choir.
Back on board that evening, Chef Darren will prepare a three course “royal feast” for guests, taking time before each course to explain his selections and techniques while telling stories from his time cooking at Buckingham Palace. Additionally, Chef Darren will host an afternoon tea on board during the sailing, answering guests’ questions and sharing his favorite recipes and cookbook.
Chef Darren is the second Private Event Host announced in 2015, with Olympic Swimmer Mark Spitz serving as host of the Prickly Pear Beach Private Event on the Yachtsman’s Caribbean Voyage back in January. Mark conducted a series of swimming master classes for guests while they also enjoyed a cocktail classes, beach BBQ-fare, and music.
Additional celebrity hosts for different Windstar sailing destinations will be announced in the coming months, so check back on the blog for more details. Also, look for an update on The Royal Chef’s sailing following his cruise in June.