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Jacques Pepin to open second restaurant at sea

Celebrity chef Jacques Pepin is getting a second restaurant at sea.

Oceania Cruises this week announced the well-known TV cooking show host and author of more than 20 cookbooks will oversee a bistro called Jacques on the line’s next ship, the 1,250-passenger Riviera.

The restaurant will be similar to one of the same name already found on Oceania’s 1,250-passenger Marina, which debuted earlier this year. See photos of Marina’s public areas, cabins.

A sister ship to the Marina, the Riviera is scheduled to debut in April 2012 in the Mediterranean. It’s currently under construction at a shipyard near Genoa, Italy.

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Pepin has had a hand in the cuisine found on Oceania ships for several years as the Executive Culinary Director for the line, but the new eateries on Marina and Riviera mark the first time he’s had his own restaurant on a ship.

As with the Jacques bistro on the Marina, Pepin’s new eatery on Riviera will serve simple, freshly prepared French dishes that draw inspiration from bistros in his hometown of Lyon and the fabled bistros of Paris, the line says.

Menu highlights at the Jacques on Marina have included an appetizer of homemade Pumpkin Soup a l’Anglaise served in a pumpkin shell and fresh Mussels Mariniere. The eatery also serves “specialites de la maison” that are hand-selected each day in local markets the ship visits.

As with the Jacques on Marina, there will be no extra charge for dining at Pepin’s eatery on Riviera, although passengers will need to make reservations in advance.

Fans of PBS will recall Pepin from his 1997 series The Complete Pépin. The 75-year-old chef also co-starred with Julia Child in the 1999 PBS series Julia and Jacques Cooking at Home and was the star of PBS’ Jacques Pépin: Fast Food My Way and its sequel Jacques Pépin: More Fast Food My Way.

Cruise Loggers, have you had a chance to try the Jacques bistro on Marina? Share your thoughts below.

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