Cruise Ship Speakers

Food & Drink
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Ying Chang Compestine
Author, Speaker, Expert on Cuisine, and Culture
Coming from: Lafayette,  California  USA
A leading national authority on Asian culture and cuisine, award-winning author, and former food editor for Martha Stewart's Whole Living magazine, Ying Chang Compestine is the multi-talented author of 20 books including fiction, picture books, and five cookbooks. Her middle grade novel, Revolution is Not a Dinner Party, has won numerous awards, and her picture book, Crouching Tiger, won the Panda Book Award in China and the Morning Calm Award in South Korea.

Sandy Leong
History
Coming from: Loughborough,  Leicestershire  UK
Sandy Leong is passionate about the history that isn't in the history books. She is a lively and entertaining speaker bringing to life the origins of many things that we take for granted. She is also a trainer & published author and has had a lifelong career as an educator and developer of people; she is a qualified teacher, past CEO of a Racial Equality Council and guest lecturer at universities and colleges of further education. Sandy is an active member of the National Association of Speakers Club, holding the Advanced Speaker Award.

Roger Luckenbach
Planet Earth, Marine Biology & Anthropology
Ph.D.
Coming from: Carmel Valley,  CA  USA
Roger Luckenbach holds an interdisciplinary Ph.D. from UC Berkeley, and combines a unique background of academics, research, exploration , adventure travel, film production and writing. As a distinguished, if peripatetic professor he won recognition for teaching and research excellence. He served as a research scientist /curator for the Smithsonian, as well as several museums and aquaria. For over 50 years, Roger has organized, and taught both over-seas study programs including tropical biology courses in Central & South America and a number of SCUBA-based coral reef ecology programs in the Caribbean, Central America, and the South Pacific.

Frances McNaughton
Sugar-Craft Artist & Tutor, Celebrity & Author
Coming from: Tunbridge Wells,  Kent  UK
Frances’s sugarcraft books have become international bestsellers. She has been a tutor and demonstrator since 1987, teaching all aspects of cake decorating and sugarcraft to students from beginner to advanced level. She travels all over Europe providing demonstrations and workshops for exhibitions, shops, groups and clubs. On cruises her demonstrations and mini workshops include modelling with sugar paste and chocolate to create sugar flowers and models, and she talks about her film and advert involvement.

Joseph Micallef
Age of Exploration, Military and Maritime History
Published Author, Fox News and CNN Commentator, Keynote Speaker
Coming from: Tualatin,  Oregon  USA
Joseph V. Micallef is a historian, best selling author, keynote speaker and commentator on military and international affairs. He has produced, directed or written dozens of documentary programs on military history and world politics as well as written a number of books. He has an M.Sc. degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and was a Fulbright Fellow at the Italian Institute of International Affairs. Joseph has lectured extensively on military history and world affairs at a variety of venues, and also frequently speaks on the history of food, wine and spirits. He is fluent in Italian and English.

Paulette Mitchell
Cookbook Author & Enrichment Speaker
Coming from: Minneapolis,  Minnesota  USA
Paulette Mitchell, the author of 13 cookbooks, is known internationally for quick-to-prepare recipes with gourmet flair. As a popular guest chef/lecturer on cruise ships around the world, Paulette presents Signature Menus and conducts cooking demonstrations and classes featuring cuisines of the ports. As a photographer who specializes in travel images, Paulette’s work documents her globe-trotting to 127 countries, where she explores off-the-beaten paths to capture the intrinsic allure of destinations. Among her favorite subjects are enigmatic faces of people as they experience life.

Dr Simon Poole
Health, Nutrition & Food
Medical Doctor
Coming from: Cambridge,  Cambridgeshire  UK
Dr Simon Poole is a Cambridge based physician, author, broadcaster and acclaimed international authority on the Mediterranean diet and lifestyle, explaining and celebrating the combination of wonderful ingredients in this beautiful cuisine which can add years to life. Simon has regularly published on the subject of nutrition and lifestyle and public health in scientific journals including Nutrition and Food Science and the International Journal of Clinical Practice in addition to regular articles in the Guardian, magazines such as Cook Vegetarian, as well as international, radio and television appearances.

Paul Riley
Popular Science, Astronomy & Food Science
BSc, MSc, PhD
Coming from: Wirral,    UK
After academic life reading chemistry Paul joined Unilever’s Personal Care Products Group. He has talks on the history of everyday products, often humorous with amusing anecdotes, that we use on a daily basis thinking little about them: tea, coffee, fizzy drinks, sugar, makeup, deodorants, toothpaste and soap. For the festive season Paul has talks on the history of our Christmas traditions. With his academic background he has talks on astronomy but from the perspective of chemistry – looking at the world around us how did its building blocks and those for life originate?

Dick Rosano
Novelist and Wine Writer
Wine, Food, and Travel Writer
Coming from: Potomac,  Maryland  USA
Dick Rosano has been writing about wine, food, and travel for many years. His long-running columns have appeared in The Washington Post, Wine Enthusiast, Country Inns, United Airlines Hemispheres magazine, and many other nationally distributed publications. In a writing career that has spanned three decades, he has been the featured commenter – in print and in person – on every region of the world. Dick has lectured on wine for the American Institute of Food and Wine, the National Italian-American Foundation, and at the Smithsonian Institution, Johns Hopkins University, and at many conferences around the United States.

Laurence Trackman
Chocolate, its history, geography, art & culture
Coming from: Bristol,  Avon  UK
Chocolate and cruising go together...imagine a cruise with no chocolate! Not only is chocolate the world's favourite snack food treat, it's also a fascinating subject and relates to many cruise destinations where cocoa is grown. Laurence has a passion for the subject, which he has researched for the past 25 years. He is hugely popular as an experienced and humorous guest speaker, and his beautifully illustrated talks under the banner of ‘Chocolate and the story of the Western World.’ can be tailored to enrich the experience of any particular cruise destination where cocoa grows.