m/s Paul Gauguin

Guest Hosts

Jean-Pierre Vigato

Parisian Celebrity Chef
Chef Jean-Pierre Vigato aboard The Gauguin

Paul Gauguin Cruises is pleased to welcome Chef Jean-Pierre Vigato back aboard the m/s Paul Gauguin for an exceptional culinary program. 

Remarkably, Vigato is a self-taught chef. Born on the Île-de-France, in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, he grew up in a home in the country with a garden and vegetable plot, where his mother’s simple cuisine filled the kitchen with tantalizing aromas. He also thrived on fresh milk from a nearby farm and from chickens, ducks, and rabbits raised by his grandparents. From this early age, he learned the value of simple, fresh ingredients; of crafting food filled with flavor; and of simply cooking with love. Today, simplicity, flavor, and honesty remain his motto in the kitchen.

Chef Vigato began his culinary career as an apprentice at the hotel Moulin d’Orgeval, located a half-hour outside of Paris. After taking a year out for military service, he began working at the two-Michelin-starred Chez Albert restaurant on the city’s left bank. There, he learned about wines, brushed up on his English, and ultimately rose to the position of Maitre d’.

His hands-on experience with owning and running a restaurant began in 1978, with the purchase of Les Roches Gourmandes. He sold that restaurant within months and, the following year, opened Grandgousier, which earned him his first Michelin star, in 1981. He opened Restaurant Apicius in 1984. The restaurant earned its first Michelin star after just one year of operation.

Paul Gauguin Cruises has enjoyed a wonderfully fruitful relationship with Chef Vigato over the years, working together to enhance the dining experience aboard ship. All sailings of The Gauguin feature delicious signature dishes the chef designed especially for us, served in La Veranda restaurant. And join us, as the chef personally prepares gourmet dishes for guests and offers cooking demonstrations of his renowned culinary techniques.

Chef Jean-Pierre Vigato aboard The Gauguin

other guest hosts appearing on the m/s Paul Gauguin

Guest Hosts

Chef Jean Robert de Cavel
March 13, 2021

Award-winning chef Jean-Robert de Cavel has maintained a Mobil 5-star restaurant, opened several restaurants in the Cincinnati area, served as Chef-in-Residence at the Midwest Culinary Institute at Cincinnati State, and been named a Master Chef by Maîtres Cuisiniers de France. Join us aboard The Gauguin for a lecture and culinary demonstration by this acclaimed chef and entrepreneur.

Food & Wine
Onboard Lecturer Mark Eddowes onboard the luxurious m/s Paul Gauguin.
Onboard Lecturer
Multiple sailings

For nine years, Mark Eddowes has captivated guests of the m/s Paul Gauguin with fascinating tales of French Polynesia’s storied past, sharing his wealth of knowledge through lectures that that range from “The Cult of the Tiki” and “The Ancient Culture of the Marquesas Islands” to the real story of the Mutiny on the Bounty. These lectures are often cited as a highlight by our guests.

Guest Lecturer
Multiple sailings

Denis’s life calling was revealed to him when he led a group of Bora Bora junior high school students on a field trip, on which they viewed a pristine coral colony. Returning just days later, he found that the coral had been destroyed by the anchors of small boats. And he decided to do something about it.

Distinguished Professor of Cultural Geography
Multiple sailings

The University Distinguished Professor of Cultural Geography at Western Kentucky University, Dr. David Keeling has visited more than 185 countries and studied a wide range of topics, from the geography of exploration and discovery to socio-economic change. Join us aboard The Gauguin as he shares his expertise in a series of fascinating lectures.

Owner/Winemakers, Pfeiffer Winery and Vineyards
July 17, 2021

Robin and Danuta Pfeiffer are the owners and winemakers of Pfeiffer Winery and Vineyards, an ultra-premium, sustainable, 70-acre vineyard with an international reputation for producing world-class Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris. Enjoy a wine lecture and a tasting of Pfeiffer Winery wines when Robin and Danuta join us aboard The Gauguin.

Food & Wine