An interview with George Streeter: executive chef for Saga

Executive chef for Saga cruises, George Streeter, shares his favourite foods and guilty pleasures.

George Streeter has 30 years of experience as a chef. His first taste of life at sea was with Renaissance Cruises in 1991. After several years he began working as an Executive Chef for Saga – first on Spirit of Adventure, and later Saga Pearl II and Saga Sapphire.

Let’s find out more about George…

George, what’s your favourite food?

I especially love seafood. My favourite dishes are Singapore chilli crab and homemade Cornish pasty of course!

… and what do you prefer to avoid?

Anything with aniseed and fennel, plus I don’t eat many desserts.

When and how did you learn to cook?

From my mother and grandmother at first, and by studying home economics at school. Then I went to Cornwall Catering College of Higher and Further Education, as it was known at the time.

Do you have a guilty pleasure?

I must admit, if I’m driving a long distance, I will stop at the services and order a KFC Chicken Thigh with sweetcorn…

Where is your favourite place to cruise?

Definitely Asia and the Seychelles, which are both so beautiful. I especially enjoy the food in Asia because it’s so different.

What’s the best part of your job?

Having the freedom to cook anything I want, giving our guests the chance to try something new and finding out that they have really enjoyed it.

Which cruise are you especially looking forward to?

Majesty of the Fjords will visit one of my favourite places, Bergen in Norway. It has a fantastic market along the famous Bryggen waterfront where there’s always a chance of finding something different to put on the ship’s menu.

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