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Tauck to Welcome Noted Chefs on Upcoming Danube Departures

Two well-known chefs set sail with Tauck (photo courtesy Tauck)

FOX MasterChef TV Series Champion Luca Manfé and Restaurateur and Cookbook Author Jacques Haeringer to Join Upcoming Cruises

Guests on two Tauck Danube River cruises later this year will be treated to a host of special culinary experiences, as each sailing will be accompanied by a noted celebrity chef.  Chef Jacques Haeringer, proprietor and executive chef of L’Auberge Chez Francois in Great Falls, Virginia, will join guests on the August 14 westbound sailing of Tauck’s “Danube Reflections” itinerary, and Chef Luca Manfé of the Fox television series MasterChef will travel on a special sailing of Tauck’s westbound “Blue Danube” itinerary beginning on October 28.

Chef Manfé is the season-four champion of the popular television series MasterChef.  The number-one prime-time summer program on FOX, MasterChef is a competitive cooking show judged by award-winning chef Gordon Ramsay, restaurateur and winemaker Joe Bastianich, and acclaimed chef Graham Elliot.  Chef Manfé is also the author of the cookbook “My Italian Kitchen,”  which highlights the culinary traditions of his native Friuli region in Italy.

During Tauck’s “Blue Danube” cruise, Chef Manfé will be hosting onboard cooking demonstrations and tastings highlighting Italian culinary traditions, and he’ll prepare a special five-course chef’s signature dinner paired with wine.  Chef Manfé will also be available throughout the cruise to interact with guests, answer questions and share cooking tips. 


Chef Jacques Haeringer has been featured on national television shows such as NBC’s Today Show and The Talk on CBS, and he has hosted culinary programs on PBS and the History Channel.  He is also the author of two cookbooks, and his articles and recipes have appeared in numerous magazines including Bon Appetit, Gourmet, Cooking Light and Southern Living. 

Chef Haeringer’s restaurant, L’Auberge Chez Francois, specializes in Alsatian cuisine, and it has been a star of the DC metro area culinary scene since it was first opened by Haeringer’s father in 1976.  Chef Haeringer and his staff have won a number of prestigious awards including the coveted AAA Four Diamond, and the restaurant was ranked a Top 10 Local DC Restaurant and a Top 100 Restaurant (of 15,000 nationwide) by Open Table subscribers.  L’Auberge Chez Francois has also been voted “Best French,” “Best Service” and “Most Romantic”  by the readers of Washingtonian Magazine for more than 25 years.  During Tauck’s Danube cruise, Chef Haeringer will host special tastings and dinners, share insights on French cooking and culture, and tempt guests with on­board cooking demonstrations featuring locally sourced products.

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