The World, Residences at Sea Announces Guest Chef’s for 2019

February 2019


London, England – February 2019: The World, the largest privately-owned residential yacht on earth (, has announced that the Ship will welcome a series of guest chefs and as part of its 2019 voyage. Each year The World invites top chefs to come on board and create one-of-a-kind, intimate culinary experiences for the Ship’s Residents who own the homes on board.

Renowned for its delicious and inventive cuisine, The World’s Food & Beverage Team, led by Executive Chef Geoffrey Murray and Food & Beverage Manager Saikumar Baddi, will work with the guest chefs to offer Residents unique and memorable dining experiences at the six dining venues on board including fine-dining haute cuisine, a contemporary steakhouse and seafood bar, eclectic Asian/sushi, Mediterranean and Italian, casual café and a poolside grill. The World circumnavigates the globe every two to three years calling at more than 100 destinations annually, many of which are famed for their gastronomic flair.


2019 Guest Chefs

Chef Harpal Singh Sokhi (above left) will join the The World in late February during the Ship’s 10-day call to India. Residents will sample an array of Bollywood-esque gourmet dishes from all regions of India as they experience a once-in-a-lifetime Indian culinary journey. Passionate and energetic, Chef Sokhi is a known TV anchor, restaurant owner, consultant, author, social influencer and TEDX speaker. He created a niche for himself by learning authentic Hyderabadi cuisine under the great culinary master Ustad Habib Pasha. Chef Sokhi went on to learn how cooking techniques improved nutritional values and discovered the rejuvenating power of spices on the body, mind and soul. Working with restaurants including Vintage in Luxembourg as well as five-star hotels such as The Oberoi and The Regent, Chef Sokhi took his quest one step further and forged the link between Ayurveda and nutritional wellness.


Two Michelin-starred Chef Soenil Bahadoer (above right) will sail with The World from Cagliari to Barcelona in April 2019, producing a mouth-watering menu served in Portraits, the Ship’s fine-dining, haute cuisine restaurant. Head Chef of Restaurant De Lindehof in Nuenen, Netherlands, Chef Soenil will then showcase his cooking talents and provide some interesting, modern cooking techniques in a close-up cooking demonstration the following day. Chef Soenil was born in Surinam, having grown up in a traditional Hindu family where preparing the family meal was one of the most important daily activities. It was during this time that he became passionate about cooking. Acheiving his first Michelin Star in 2014, his meticulous attention to detail and perfectionist nature helps him create dishes with perfect balance of taste, texture and presentation, using the freshest ingredients. Restaurant De Lindhof continues to be in the top 10 restaurants in the Netherlands.


Joining the Ship during its September exploration of Japan is Norweigan Chef Jonas Andre Navik (above center). The World’s Food & Beverage Team dined at his Michelin-starred restaurant, Restaurant Fagn, when the Ship docked in Trondheim, Norway in 2018 and were inspired to invite the chef on board. Chef Jonas believes in a simple food philosophy which is evident at the much-lauded Fagn, which opened in August 2017. Involved in the hospitality industry since he was 13, Chef Jonas combines the roots of Scandinavian cooking with his own style which evolved after working in many of the region’s top restaurants.


This year’s guest chefs join an illustrious group of renowned and innovative chefs who have been invited to cook for The World’s Residents including three Michelin-starred Chef Curtis Duffy, James Beard Foundation Award-winning Chef Michelle Bernstein, Peruvian Chefs James Berckemeyer and Miguel Schiaffino, Indian Chef Vicky Ratnani, James Beard Foundation Award nominee Chef Michel Stroot, two Michelin-starred Chef Silvio Nickol and famed Sushi Chef Takatoshi Tashito. The Ship has also welcomed more than two dozen wineries, master distillers and notable mixologists.


On the new guest chef series, The World’s Executive Chef, Geoffrey Murray commented, “We pride ourselves on our unique ability to bring destinations ‘alive’ gastronomically, made possible through The World’s continuous sailing to the most unique and wonderful locations on the planet. Our Residents have discerning taste buds coupled with an incredible knowledge of food which is why we are delighted to be welcoming chefs of such a distinct caliber on board.”


About The World

This private community at sea offers the ultimate combination of luxurious and enriching travel with world-class amenities and facilities. These include impeccable culinary mastery in six restaurants, exceptional golf facilities with onboard putting greens, a state-of-the-art golf simulator and resident pro, the only full-size, regulation tennis court at sea, swimming pools, a spa, a fitness center complete with personal trainers, expert destination lecturers, library, cinema, hobby and games rooms, and more.

This strikingly beautiful ship provides gracious and personalized service for the families that call The World home; all customised to Residents’ preferences in a warm and inviting ambience much like that of a private yacht, well-staffed home or exclusive country club. The average occupancy at one time is 150-200 Residents and Guests, ensuring an intimate atmosphere.

Launched in 2002, The World® is the largest privately owned, residential yacht on earth with 165 luxury Residences. A diverse group of Residents from 19 countries own the homes onboard and share interests in world cultures, history and adventure, and exploring fascinating destinations. They circumnavigate the globe every two to three years following an extraordinary itinerary that they select. In-depth expeditions and one-of-a-kind experiences are complemented by world-class amenities and impeccable service.


To learn more about The World’s unique lifestyle, call 954-538-8449 or visit


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