Britannia, the flagship of P&O Cruises‘ fleet, is set to become the star of new TV show Battlechefs.
The programme will see celebrities – including Blur’s Alex James and Keith Duffy from Boyzone – take to the kitchen on the vessel, officially named by the Queen in March this year, in a cookery contest.
Their dishes will be judged by Marco Pierre White, the multi Michelin star-winning chef and P&O Cruises ‘Food Hero’.
Due to be screened on UKTV’s Watch channel next year, the show will see the amateur chefs battle it out on over two Mediterranean cruises – each taking turns to cook for the captain and his special guests.
P&O Cruises marketing director, Christopher Edgington, said: “Watch provides an ideal audience to encourage newcomers to cruising and will showcase our food ethos.
“Our cookery school on board provides the perfect backdrop for the show as the celebrities prepare speciality dishes from around the Med.”
Victoria Summer, UKTV commissioning editor, added: “Travel, food and healthy competition come together in Battlechefs.
“It’s an energetic show which centres on challenge and good-hearted rivalry, which sits perfectly alongside Watch viewer favourites such as the hugely popular Masterchef Australia.
“Seeing whether our celebs can pull off the menus they’re given against the clock is going to be very entertaining.”