French Riviera

With more than three decades of experience in the culinary industry, Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ Executive Director of Culinary Enrichment Chef Kathryn Kelly has spent plenty of time at sea and traveling around the world. Yet, one region keeps calling her back for seconds. We sat down with the beloved Chef to chat about the culinary heritage of Côte d’Azur and her personal favorite foodie experiences when she’s in the French Riviera. IN THE COMPANY OF aChef BY MARI DE ARMAS The southeast region of France is a land of contrasts. Its vast range of landscapes and rich culture cannot be summed up in one word, which is why it needs three: Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur. And what can be said about the exquisite cuisine? By last count in 2020, the region boasted a staggering 86 Michelin-starred restaurants. Additionally, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur is one of the oldest wine producing regions in France. “The first thing that comes to mind when I think of Provence is wine,” Chef Kelly began. “No food experience is complete without wine and nowhere is that truer than in the South of France. If we’ve traveled together, you know that my favorite rosé is from the Bandol region. I remember when we began taking guests on Gourmet Explorer Tours, a few of them were apprehensive about it. I remember one guest in particular referring to it as “candy wine,” which made me laugh, but when they tasted it, they instantly changed their minds. Bandol rosé has a beautiful minerality to it and you can really taste the terroir where the grapes are grown.”



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