m/s Paul Gauguin

Guest Hosts

Jean-Robert de Cavel

Chef Jean Robert de Cavel

Born in France, Jean-Robert de Cavel worked abroad before moving to the United States. His first experience in the U.S. was in New York City, where he served as the Chef de Cuisine at Le Régence & La Gauloise within the Hôtel Plaza Athénée

In 1993, he moved to Cincinnati to become the Chef de Cuisine at the Maisonette, maintaining the restaurant’s Mobil 5-star during his tenure. He was a founding partner and Chef de Cuisine at Pigall’s, JeanRo Bistro, Pho Paris, Greenup Café, and Lavomatic Café, and was named a Master Chef by Maîtres Cuisiniers de France in 2007. 

In 2009, he was named Chef-in-Residence at the Midwest Culinary Institute at Cincinnati State. A year later, Jean-Robert’s Table opened in downtown Cincinnati, and in 2013, French Crust Café joined the area. It moved to Findlay Market in 2016, transforming to French Crust Café & Bistro. Le Bar a Boeuf began serving customers on Victory Parkway in 2015.

For Jean-Robert, 2016 was an eventful year, as he joined forces with partners to open both the fast-casual Frenchie Fresh and the fine-dining delight Restaurant L.

Join us aboard The Gauguin for a lecture and culinary demonstration by this acclaimed chef and entrepreneur.

Chef Jean Robert de Cavel

other guest hosts appearing on the m/s Paul Gauguin

Guest Hosts

Classical Musicians
January 22, 2022

Kai Gleusteen and Catherine Ordronneau have established themselves as one of the most important European violin and piano duos since they began working together in 1999. 

Art History Professor
Multiple sailings

Acclaimed academic, Fulbright scholar, author, teacher, lecturer, and art historian and curator Caroline Boyle-Turner is a perennially popular guest host aboard the m/s Paul Gauguin. Join us aboard as she enriches your appreciation for our ship’s namesake and his circle of friends.

Owner/Winemakers, Pfeiffer Winery and Vineyards
June 25, 2022

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
Dr. Lindsay Whaley and Dr. Charles Urbanowicz, Smithsonian Journeys
September 7, 2022

Join the Tuamotus & the Society Islands itinerary on September 7, 2022, to experience two very special Smithsonian Journeys Experts on language and anthropology in the South Pacific. when Dr. Lindsay Whaley and Dr. Charles Urbanowicz join us aboard The Gauguin.

Distinguished Professor of Cultural Geography
September 24, 2022

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.