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In 1994 Windstar Cruises announced a partnership with acclaimed celebrity chef and restaurateur Joachim Splichal, co-founder of the Patina Group in Los Angeles, California. Founded in 1989, Splichal and the Patina Group has achieved an unequaled level of growth, success and achievement within the restaurant and hospitality industry. They have garnered many prestigious awards including recognition from Zagat Surveys, The Wine Spectator, and James Beard Society. Most recently, Splichal was named "Restaurateur of the Year" by Bon Apetite/Food Network American Food & Entertaining Awards for his significant contribution to the epicurean world. Windstar's award-winning Signature Cuisine consists of over 380 innovative recipes. Splichal has provided consultation and training for Windstar chefs, as well as created new recipes in 1998 for the newly acquired Wind Surf and her alternative, Splichal-inspired restaurant, The Bistro. In 2000, 100 recipes were added to the menu. 'Splichal Signature' cuisine gives Windstar guests the most gratifying gastronomical experience at sea.

Queen of Lean: Jeanne Jones

Windstar Cruises has augmented its Signature Cuisine, with a selection of "spa cuisine" alternatives. Meeting the American Heart Association's guidelines – chef Jeanne Jones created Windstar's Sail Light and Vegetarian menus, with healthy options available for all meals. Jones' lighter menus maintain nutritional value and taste integrity. "We're talking about moderation in calories and fat grams, here, not deprivation in taste and standards," says Jones. That concept was extended by developing a lacto-vegetarian menu as well. These dishes contain no meat or meat byproducts, however some use eggs. All menus note calories, fat grams, dairy, and egg ingredients. Guests may always request to view the recipe before ordering. An author and syndicated columnist, Jones has developed spa menus for Canyon Ranch, the Pritikin Longevity Center, and the Four Seasons Hotels.

It's Not What You Wear

One of the elements that distinguish Windstar Cruises from other luxury cruise lines is the classic resort environment actualized onboard. Glance around The Restaurant and you will see people dressed beautifully, yet casually. No jackets or ties required. The attitude is understated, the feeling relaxed. Dining onboard is a celebration of that very same individual spirit. When, and with whom, you dine is your choice as there are no formal reservations or table assignments. Windstar's extensive wine list has been designed to complement their menus and tantalize your senses. Partake in the flavors of regional vineyards while you are sailing. Popular varieties are also available from award-winning wineries in California, Oregon, France, Australia, South Africa, New Zealand, Chile and Argentina.