Legendary celebrity chef Marco Pierre White is to become the new patron of The Cookery Club on P&O Cruises flagship Britannia.

His new role with the cruise line sees the former three star Michelin chef become closely involved with the on board cookery school.

Guests will have the opportunity to cook with and learn directly from Marco on six cruises in 2019. He has also designed year round classes and menus for the Cookery Club, which includes a chef’s table for special dinners.

Passengers will be able to book a place to join hosted masterclasses when he is travelling on Britannia.

Marco will teach guests to cook restaurant quality meals before enjoying the dishes together at the chef’s table.

Those wanting watch him in action and taste his food can join hosted dinners where Marco will prepare and share a three course meal for passengers.

His first hosted cruise will take place on the September 30 and he will be on Britannia during five sailings in 2019:

May 18 Norwegian fjords
June 15 Mediterranean
June 29 Norwegian fjords
August 17 Mediterranean
August 24 Canary Islands and Spain

A series of ‘Unmistakably Marco’ classes and dinners have been created for when he is unable to be on the ship in person.

The team on board will help passengers learn Marco’s techniques and cook recipes that he has personally developed with a focus on modern British cooking.

Other sessions developed by The Cookery Club team include Thai street food, spicy Caribbean and Indian dishes or Moroccan and Middle Eastern foods. Guests wanting to learn baking and bread making techniques will also find other classes available.

Marco Pierre White said: “Teaching is my passion, it is about telling stories and inspiring confidence.

“The simplest dish, cooked well and using great local ingredients, will create love round the dining table.

“My classes in The Cookery Club on Britannia arm guests with tips and knowledge so that they can prepare dishes for friends and family which look and taste wonderful.”

P&O Cruises senior vice president, Paul Ludlow, added: “Marco is a true legend who shaped modern British food and we are delighted that he will now take this lead role in The Cookery Club.

“Our guests will have the opportunity to learn from him and even have their supper cooked by him. There’s nowhere else in the world that this happens and as a memory for a foodie it has to be second to none.”