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Master Chef Nobu Matsuhisa

Get to Know Nobu in Person aboard Crystal Serenity’s ‘Baltic Bliss’ Voyage

He has been an internationally-renowned culinary master for decades, artfully fusing traditional Japanese sushi and specialties with Peruvian spices and his own flair. So successful have his worldwide restaurants been that they have earned him the rare status of being known by just his first name: Nobu. Technically, while Chef Nobuyuki Matsuhisa offers 38 restaurants on five continents, his only ocean-going restaurants – aboard Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity – serve his creative delicacies all over the world.

The moveable feast continues aboard Crystal Serenity’s June 19, 2018 “Baltic Bliss” sailing from Stockholm to London, when Nobu will join guests for a voyage through Scandinavia. This is not the first time the celebrity chef has sailed with Crystal, of course, as he relishes the opportunity to come aboard and work closely with his chefs – all of whom he personally trained – and also entertain guests himself. He is as noted for his warm and welcoming personality as for his cuisine, promising a deliciously good time for travelers.

St. Petersburg, Russia
Guests aboard the “Baltic Bliss” voyage will spend two nights in St. Petersburg, Russia

But there are other sides to Nobu, some of which he shared with the Crystal Insider ahead of his voyage this summer. Naturally, there are some insights into his culinary experience – like the fact that his go-to “most versatile” ingredient is miso (be sure to order the Black Cod with Miso in Umi Uma or Silk Road and The Sushi Bar), and he shies away from eating food made from internal organs. Nobu’s own mentor was a master sushi chef under whom he trained during one of his first jobs – a live-in arrangement at an eatery in Tokyo. From that time, he has focused his own approach to cooking around the Japanese term “Issyokenmei,” meaning to do your best and always consider the end result.

“I always focus on how to make my customers happy and smile when they taste my dishes,” he explains. It’s working.

Many other facets of Nobu revolve around smiling and the enjoyment of life, as well as his other gifts. When asked what he considers his greatest talent outside the kitchen, he shares that “On Labor Day, I get my chefs together for an annual golf tournament. Even though I don’t play often, I never have a bad score, so I think golf might be my calling.”

What’s lacking in his varied repertoire of talents? Music. “I always wished I could play a musical instrument – maybe the piano or acoustic guitar.”

Still, it’s clear that one of the joys for Nobu in his culinary career is that he has the opportunity to explore the world, which he is happy to do with Crystal whenever possible. An avid cruiser, Nobu shares that his greatest journey was to the glacial fields of Alaska, and that he still looks forward to visiting the South Pole someday. This June, he and his fellow Crystal guests will marvel at the Midnight Sun in Scandinavia and Northern Europe, visiting Sweden, Finland, Russia, Estonia, Denmark and Germany – no doubt enjoying what he describes as his favorite part of a Crystal Cruise, “Watching the sun setting on a skyline from the top deck is a most magnificent feeling.”

For more details about the special dining opportunities and events planned with Chef Nobu Matsuhisa aboard Crystal Serenity’s June 19, 2018 voyage, click here.

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