Master Chef Nobu Matsuhisa to join Crystal cruise

One of the world’s greatest culinary artists, Master Chef Nobu Matsuhisa will teach, mingle, dine and cook for Crystal Cruises’ guests this summer. The famed sushi maestro, and mastermind behind the line’s exclusive Silk Road and The Sushi Bar restaurants, will join Crystal Symphony’s 12-day Rome-Istanbul Black Sea voyage beginning July 13. Accompanied by Fumio Hazu, the Sake Master behind Nobu’s exclusive, 140+-year-old sake brand, the two will showcase their expertise during several ultra-intimate gourmet experiences, including: !!! Two Omakase, or Chef’s Choice, dinners in Silk Road, limited to only 70 guests and featuring some of Nobu’s finest dishes and connoisseur items, such as white sturgeon caviar and Hokusetsu “Musical Sake.”!!! Sake tasting sessions, including insight into Hazu’s unique “live”sake brewing processes such as playing Japanese music to bottles for three years to create a smoother taste from vibrations. !!! Live cooking demonstrations, with Nobu sharing cooking secrets behind his renowned fare. !!! Silk Road and The Sushi Bar appearances, during regular dinner hours, to welcome guests and enhance their meal enjoyment. !!! Cookbook signings and photo opportunities. Crystal’s Nobu-cuisine restaurants, the only ones of their kind at sea, feature his personally trained chefs, signature dishes, Nobu sake and his own line of dinnerware. Complimentary and open almost every evening of every cruise, the restaurants offer coveted fare that is also available via room service on Crystal’s butler-serviced Penthouse deck accommodations. The “Bounties of the Black Sea”itinerary visits Rome’s port of Civitavecchia, Sorrento, and Sicily, Italy; Constanþa, Romania; Odessa (overnight) and Yalta, Ukraine; Sochi, Russia; and Istanbul, Turkey (overnight). (