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Top Shelf: Ease ‘surprise dessert’ panic

Top Shelf: by  Chef Timothy MacDonald As a sole chef in the 50-60m category, it’s hard scrabble. It’s harder scrabble floating around Cuba with the …

Chocolate recipe to remember Lewis Burke

Lewis Burke was a deckhand on our yacht, M/Y Elixir, part of a special “golden crew” this time last year. I was saddened to hear of his recent death. Lewis …

Top Shelf: Bing Lee cooks quintessential Thai street food

You will not find a Thermomix, sous vide cooker nor flash foam maker here. No powders, espumas, crumb nor slow-cooked food in a plastic bag. You will not find …

Top Shelf: Kermit’s àpres sorbet show

Top Shelf: by Chef Tim McDonald Often overlooked by charter chefs is the “easy money” period post main course. More often than not, overstuffed punters …

Top Shelf: Chop’s Trifle Show

Top Shelf: by Chef Tim McDonald No crewmate previously encountered in my 10 years of floating around has been more dramatic, theatrical and over-the-top than …

Top Shelf: Smoke-and-mirrors performance never fails to impress

Top Shelf: by Chef Timothy MacDonald Nothing more than a disassembled pot noodle snack, this Porega (remember that “poor man’s Porsche” of …

Top Shelf: Mod Oz cuisine, à la Andrew Blake

Top Shelf: by Chef Tim MacDonald The single greatest influence on my career was undoubtedly Andrew Blake. It goes far beyond the pressed salad. Back in the …

Top Shelf: Out of the Box

Top Shelf: by Chef Tim MacDonald 4:30 p.m. … middle of nowhere … Tortola … late December … I am on my fifth coffee and trying to hack …

Top Shelf: The Birth of Aki-Maki

Top Shelf: by Chef Tim MacDonald Many years ago on Huntress, I was taught about the theory of “POP”’ on a yacht. The owner insisted that at least once a …

Top Shelf: Big Alvin’s Antiguan Mahi Ceviche

Top Shelf: by Chef Timothy MacDonald With our yacht about to cross to the Caribbean, visions of hot sauce, barbecue ribs, jerked chicken, mac ‘n cheese and …

Editor’s Picks

The Yachtie Glow: Control social media, or be controlled by it

The Yachtie Glow: Control social media, or be controlled by it

The Yachtie Glow: by Stew Angela Orecchio There is nothing inherently wrong with social media; it can be an excellent tool for checking …

Yacht owner Paul Allen leaves legacy, big shoes to fill

Yacht owner Paul Allen leaves legacy, big shoes to fill

UPDATE By Dorie Cox When Microsoft co-founder and yacht owner Paul Allen died on Oct. 15, he left a legacy for the yacht industry, …

17 captains, crew honored with Acrew’s Crew Awards

17 captains, crew honored with Acrew’s Crew Awards

Seventeen yacht crew members were honored during Acrew’s inaugural Crew Awards in mid-October. The winners are: Engineer & ETO: …

National Marine Suppliers poker run 2018 rides for charity

National Marine Suppliers poker run 2018 rides for charity

More than 100 motorcyclists and car enthusiasts rode through the Florida Everglades for National Marine Suppliers' 11th annual Poker Run on …