American restaurateurs set sail from Dublin on a quest for the perfect gourmet meal.

American restaurateurs Peter Pratt and Charlie De Santos will leave Dublin on a custom made yacht aptly named 'The First Course'. The pair are sailing across the Atlantic Ocean in search of the perfect gourmet meal.

Peter Pratt and Charlie De Santos are in Dublin to collect their yacht, a 34 foot vessel, designed by Van de Stadt. The hand built boat cost £35,000 and has been adapted to suit the food loving owners.

On leaving Dublin, the duo’s odyssey will bring them to France, the Mediterranean Sea and onto the Canary Islands. From there they hope to pick up the trade winds to the West Indies before returning to New York along east coast of the United States of America.

Seven years ago Peter Pratt was a guest lecturer on the QE2 speaking about the food of all nations. When the passengers went ashore, he would spend his time looking for food products indigenous to the area. This gave him the idea,

Maybe I should be the Jacques Cousteau of the culinary circuit.

Peter Pratt is interested in how food has developed over the years and he says food brought back by the explorers of the fifteenth century changed the cuisines of the world at that time. He is now in search of the perfect menu and the perfect meal.

I don’t know if I’ll ever find it, I hope I don’t, it would be very disappointing if I did.

Peter Pratt wants his search for the best foods to go on forever, however this part of his quest comes to a conclusion when ‘The First Course’ arrives at New York on 4 July 1986.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 6 June 1985. The reporter is Ingrid Miley.