Cuadro 44 Announced
Windstar Cruises has achieved another first with their new Cuadro 44 Spanish Restaurant which will debut during 2020 as part of the cruise lines $250m Star Plus Initiative.
As part of Windstar’s cruise culinary program, they are partnering with the renowned chef Anthony Sasso. One of the youngest chefs to be recognized by the Michelin Guide, and celebrated guest chef at the James Beard House, Sasso promises a menu of modern and inventive Spanish cuisine inspired by his travels across the Spanish Peninsula.
Sasso is known for his groundbreaking work at New York restaurant Casa Mono, where he spent 13 years and earned the Restaurant a coveted Michelin star ten times.
His connection to Windstar Cruises began in 2018, as a guest chef on a James Beard Foundation Culinary Collection themed cruise in the Mediterranean.
Chef Sasso joined the James Beard Foundation Spanish Symphony sailing on Wind Surf, bringing with him Michelin stars and Iberian tastes. He’s a chefs chef – generous, jovial, brave. His arms bear the marks of his trade – fine white knife scars, and dark black-inked tattoos.
Anthony Sasso says: Having spent a lifetime studying Spanish food and culture, working in several Catalan kitchens, travelling the Iberian landscape and learning from, and getting inspired by the masters. Everyone from the Roca Brothers of El Celler de Can Rocato to the unmatchable Pablo Picasso, this new Windstar Spanish Restaurant will be the perfect vehicle to showcase the universally enticing flavours of Spain and its coastal seas. I’m extremely excited and honoured to be involved with this innovative company.”
Cuadro 44 Origins
The stylish Cuadro 44 part of the name translates to “Frame 44” in Spanish. When a ship is built, the vessel is divided into sections called frames. Cuadro 44 is the ship’s numeric “address” for where the new Restaurant will reside, inside frame 44.
Sasso plans for the Cuadro 44 menu to showcase all of the coastal areas of Spain, stretching from the Basque region to the northern Cantabrian Sea to the Mediterranean-tinged eastern parts of Catalonia, Valencia, and Alicante. He will also explore the cuisines from southern, sun-kissed Andalusia and Jerez, heavily influenced by North African spices.
Experienced and aspiring food aficionados alike will have the rare opportunity to try legendary jamón ibérico, lamb chops from Catalonia, pulpo gallego, Galician-style octopus and churros y chocolate among other regional dishes and treats.
Drawing on inspiration from the various regions of Spain, the design will be just as exciting as the cuisine including handcrafted details, colourful, intricate patterns, playful wall and furniture, wine displays and tiled floors with a mosaic of colours. Set on Deck 6, the Restaurant will seat 38 and feature a chef’s counter and communal table perfect for small-plate and family-style dining.
The Official Cruise Line of the James Beard Foundation, Windstar delivers elevated epicurean experiences for guests to delight in the best cuisines from around the world. The boutique line has hosted more than three dozen James Beard Foundation-celebrated chefs, sommeliers, and beverage experts since 2016, including Chef Sasso. Destination-inspired recipes developed for each culinary cruise are available fleet-wide for all guests to enjoy on Windstar menus every evening. In 2019, Windstar garnered a number of culinary accolades as the Best Small Cruise Ships for Dining from both USA Today and Cruise Critic and received Porthole Cruise Magazine’s 2019 Editor-in-Chief Award for Best Cruise Partnership: Windstar and the James Beard Foundation.
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