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Luxury dining on Lady J wows judges at the Antigua Charter Show

Lady J is very proud to have, once again, won the 16th Annual Charter Chef Competition at the Antigua Charter Show, which included two great competitions under one format: The Culinary Contest and the Tablescaping Contest.

Lady J’s Chef Ben Dineen won the Concours de Chef contest while Chief Stewardess Danielle Pia Jones placed 2nd in the Tablescaping competition in the middle category 126-159 ft yachts. Lady J is a 142’ Palmer Johnson Motoryacht.

Charter Yacht Chefs were asked to select a country of their choice, and prepare a 3-course traditional Christmas luncheon with a Caribbean twist in the use of ingredients and overall presentation.

Chef Ben’s menu was Irish-themed and included:

Christmas Menu

The Irish, Montserrat Connection


  • Terrine of Ham Hock, Confit Turkey & Foie Gras
  • Pineapple Marmalada, Cranberry Jelly, Sage Brioche

Main Course

  • Tenderloin of Wild Venison in Burnt Hay
  • Spiced Plantain Puree, Callaloo, Beetroot, Shallot Tatin 


  • Traditional Plum Pudding
  • Poached Pear
  • Local Rum Egg Nog Ice Cream

Five judges tasted the chefs unique creations and evaluated each one upon criteria that included:

  • Originality and Creativity
  • Presentation
  • Taste and Flavor
  • Country theme with Caribbean twist
  • Execution Craft / Technique
  • Overall impression

The award-winning menu was served onboard Lady J’s main formal dining salon, which was beautifully decorated by Chief Stewardess Danielle Pia Jones, her unique and creative style earned her 2nd Place in the Tablescaping Competition.

The judging criteria for Tablescaping included:

  • Originality and Creativity
  • Suitability of table styling to match the Chef’s country of choice with a Caribbean flair
  • Design and decoration featuring a sponsored bottle of champagne

Luxury dining onboard a private yacht charter is unparalleled and Lady J’s Chef is prepared to make your culinary experience onboard absolutely unforgettable. The crew are very excited with their Antigua success and looking forward to a busy winter charter season with many Christmas menus coming up!

The 2015 Councours de Chefs was sponsored by:

Laurent Perrier - Bacchus Wines - Le Gout du Vin - Boat Int Media Group - Showboats - Dockwalk - Charterfleet.com - Liat Quikpak Express - National Marine Supplies

Lady J’s award-winning Chef Nathaniel Cox places 3rd in Antigua’s Concours de Chef contest.


142’ Palmer Johnson M/Y Lady J is very proud of its star chef Nathaniel Cox who recently placed 3rd in the prestigious Concours de Chef Contest in Antigua, in the Yacht Category (101'–159'). For the competition the vegan-themed menu was judged with a criteria that included Plant-Based Haute Cuisine and Caribbean Luncheon. Renowned Chef Chad Sarno, VP of Culinary Wellness at Rouxbe Online Cooking School was on the judging panel.

In current times, healthy cuisine does not mean a sacrifice in taste or a lack of high-end presentation. This year the well known contest challenged the skills of participating chefs by requiring solely plant-based cuisine.  

With the health crisis faced by most western countries, plant-based cuisine is not only trendy, but necessary. This year's competition asked chefs to showcase their best in the realm of plant-centered dishes while offering a healthy luncheon menu. The challenge was to highlight the intersection of delicious and beautifully presented haute cuisine with a healthy plant-based menu.

The competition criteria included:

  • Only use 100% plant based ingredients in all dishes
  • No dairy or dairy derived ingredients such as cheese, dairy milks, cream, and butter
  • No meat, or animal derived products such as eggs, meat, and seafood
  • Raw and cooked dishes permitted
  • Health should be a key factor when creating each menu

Judging criteria was based on presentation, creativity, taste and healthfulness of the overall menu presented, but other factors were taken into consideration.

Lady J’s Chef Nathaniel wowed the judges with his award-winning menu:

  • Galley sprouted mung bean, tamarind glazed grilled plantain, toasted hemp seed, avocado puree.
  • Smoked tomato eggplant, tofu, beetroot jelly, quinoa tabouleh.
  • Young coconut granita and flesh, papaya, passion fruit, kefir and kale sauce.

Join us for a luxury yacht charter vacation onboard Lady J and experience the finest haute cuisine you have imagined.

Suggested Caribbean 7-Day Luxury Charter Menu

By Chef
A luxury yacht charter through the Caribbean islands onboard Motoryacht Lady J is the perfect vacation, an exclusive holiday with a professional crew of nine ready to cater to your every whim. Your very own private chef will be at your service, hoping to make every meal an absolutely fabulous occasion. From casual breakfasts, to delicious alfresco lunches, to elegant gala dinners. The Chef of Lady J shares a sample 7-Day Caribbean Menu which is sure to whet your appetite. The menu below is  a brief guide of what you may expect and the chef will gladly provide alternatives at any time during the trip.

For breakfast every day there will be freshly baked muffins, pancakes and waffles made to order. 
Fresh fruit platter with yoghurt
Chef’s Granola
Cooked breakfast of bacon, eggs any style. 


  • Salad of roasted pears, Roquefort cheese, toasted pecans, over arugula with warm sherry balsamic dressing served with freshly made whole wheat bread.
  • Grilled Mahi Mahi with Mango salsa, Lemon Basmati Rice and Spinach and Edamame Bean salad
  • Freshly made Raspberry Sorbet with Lemon Tuiles


  • Chilled Melon and San Danielle Ham
  • Fillet Mignon with a Port wine sauce, Mashed Sweet Potatoes, with Cilantro and Lime, Roasted Asparagus tips, stuffed baby sweet red pepper with olive tapenade
  • Passion fruit Tart


  • Tomato, Arugula and Lemon Salad with toasted pine nuts and Parmesan shavings
  • Grilled lemon chicken. Rosemary Potatoes and steamed green vegetables
  • Freshly made Foccacia with Chef’s Pesto
  • Poached peaches, with raspberry sauce and vanilla ice cream


  • Seared scallops with lemon over frisee salad
  • Rack of Lamb with Macadamia nut crust, a honey and red wine vinegar sauce, roasted baby potatoes, minted pea timbale and carrot puree
  • Mango cheesecake with Chantilly cream


  • Lightly crispy battered shrimp, with lemon Dijon mustard sauce
  • Roasted Vegetables
  • Linguini Alfredo
  • Milk Gelato with Espresso Granita and almond macaroons


  • Beef Carpaccio
  • Lobster Thermidor, with fried onions rings, French fried potatoes and mixed garden salad
  • Coffee Crème Brulee 


  • Grilled Shrimp Skewers with roasted Lemon.
  • Penne pasta salad
  • Three beans and vegetable salad
  • Mixed leaf salad with Balsamic dressing
  • Flambéed Bananas with rum and chocolate ice cream


  • Orange and Lemon salad with Fennel and celery
  • Wagyu Beef New York Strip
  • Gnocchi with Tomato marinara
  • Grilled zucchini, squash and red onions
  • Iced Lemon Mousse and vanilla wafers


  • Eggs Benedict
  • Grilled tomato and Parmesan crust, Rosti potato cakes, Chef Salad
  • Champagne Mimosa
  • Fresh Strawberries and Tangerine granita


  • Grilled Chanterelle Mushroom salad with Lemon and Parmesan cheese, over spring greens with French vinaigrette
  • Roast Goose, Apricot and almond stuffing, roasted vegetables, baby new potatoes. With fresh chives and Cranberry jelly
  • Poached pears with red wine and cinnamon, Christmas pudding ice cream


  • Mozzarella, Avocado, Tomato and Basil Salad
  • Lobster Cakes with fresh Tartare sauce
  • Roasted peach and Goat cheese salad over Arugula and spinach with toasted almonds
  • Fusilli pasta salad with lemon and chili garlic sauce
  • Lemon Sorbet and fresh raspberries


  • Leek and caraway flan with mustard sauce
  • Veal Saltimbocca alla Romana
  • Fettuccini Alfredo
  • Steamed green vegetables
  • Crepes with caramelized oranges with Cointreau


  • Sushi Platters
  • Soft Shell crab tempura salad
  • Green Tea Ice cream and fresh strawberries


  • Light summer vegetable spring rolls
  • Chicken wontons
  • Beef with Black Bean Sauce
  • Peking Duck pancakes
  • Asian noodles and vegetable stir-fry
  • Trio of dessert: Lychee Sorbet, Mango tartlette, Raspberry Mousse

Day 8  |  Parting Lunch

  • Terrine of roasted peppers, spinach and mozzarella cheese with Balsamic Glaze
  • Grilled chicken Kebabs with Orange and tomato sauce
  • Rice salad
  • Chef’s salad
  • French Apple Tart with Vanilla ice cream

Tempted? Contact your favorite charter broker today and start planning the vacation of your dreams onboard Motoryacht Lady J.

Chef Emma Beckett wins 1st place at the Concours de Chef in Antigua


Chef Emma Beckett of 142' Palmer Johnson M/Y LADY J was recently awarded first place in the 101'–159' yacht category at the Concours de Chef Contest at the 50th Annual Antigua Charter Show, sponsored by Piper Heidsieck Champagne, Boat International Media, and LIAT Airlines.  

Emma is culinary trained and has worked in some of London’s top restaurants, most notably Gordon Ramsey’s Aubergine. She later moved on as sous-chef at Moving Venue—one of London’s largest private catering firms, working alongside a Roux trained Michelin star chef and catering events for up to 500. She has been a yacht chef for 9 years and has even started her own exquisite chocolate line “Bitter Chocolates”.

You are welcome to download Chef Emma’s Award Winning Menu in PDF format, from her famous “Papaya Green Chili Tini” to her “Thyme, Chili Salt Chocolate Torte”, this incredible menu is sure to stir your appetite and inspire your next meal. 

And if you’d like to sample any of these delicious options for yourself, come on board Lady J for your next luxury yacht charter vacation.