Holland America Line’s 2022 ‘culinary cruises’ welcome celebrity chefs from its culinary board back on board

During each “Culinary Cruise,” guests will have the opportunity to experience chef-led cooking demonstrations, take home recipes from each presentation, and partake in an intimate, reservation-only dinner at the Pinnacle Grill. , Rudi’s Sea salt or Nami Sushi, depending on the chef. The Culinary Council chef’s signature dishes will be highlighted when available on all restaurant menus during cruises.

“Holland America Line’s culinary program is guided by some of the world’s top talent, and no other cruise line has this level of experience from such an expert team,” said Michael Stendebach, vice president of food, beverage and guest services, Holland America Line. “It’s not every day that you learn a recipe directly from the celebrity chef who created it and hear their secrets to success in the kitchen. We look forward to rehiring our talented chefs from the Culinary Council to return on board and offer guests this exclusive level of access.”

Holland America Line Culinary Council includes a collection of elite chefs who bring global influence to the culinary experience across the fleet. In addition to their recipes presented in the various venues on board, one evening in the dining room of each cruise, a special menu offers a collection of dishes from the members of the culinary council.


Ethan Stowell

Stowell incorporates the flavors of the Pacific Northwest on ships sailing in this region, using fresh and sustainable products. Alaska Seafood. Its fare is also featured at New York Pizza and Lido Market throughout the fleet. Stowell is the founder and CEO of ESR with an impressive list of highly regarded restaurants. He was named one of America’s Best New Chefs by Food & Wine magazine and one of the Top New Chef All-Stars.

Jacques Torres

A chef and artisan chocolatier trained in France, Torres guides the chocolate desserts as well as the surprise chocolate dessert parade on board. After becoming executive pastry chef at the New York one legendary Le Cirque, he opened a chocolate factory and retail stores across New York. The James Beard The winner is co-host and chief judge of the Netflix cooking show “Nailed It” with Nicole Byer.

Rudi Sodamin

As Holland America Line’s Executive Chef and Chairman of the Culinary Council, Austrian-born Sodamin oversees all aspects of onboard catering. by Rudi Sea salt is its eponymous onboard French seafood brasserie. His latest culinary masterpiece is an art book called “Food Faces” which features over 150 images of edible creations.

david burque

Burke enhances the Pinnacle Grill menu, adding contemporary flavors and signature recipes. He recently opened five new restaurants, including Orchard Park by david burque. During the pandemic, Burke’s #FeedtheHeroes program prepared and delivered 100,000 meals to frontline workers and charities. He has been featured on “Iron Chef America” ​​and “Top Chef Masters”.

Andy Matsuda

Japanese-born Matsuda leads the sushi offering at Nami Sushi, Tamarind and Lido Market. At Matsuda’s Sushi Chef Institute in Los Angeles, California, he teaches budding chefs and professionals about sushi and Japanese cuisine. Matsuda is at the forefront of sushi trends and techniques.

All events are free except for the specialty dinner. Each chef will be aboard their designated “culinary cruise” for four to ten days.

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About Holland America Line [a division of Carnival Corporation and plc (NYSE:  CCL and CUK)]

Holland America Line explored the world for 150 years with expertly designed itineraries, extraordinary service and genuine connections to destinations. Providing an ideal mid-size ship experience, its fleet visits nearly 400 ports in 114 countries around the world and has shared the thrill of Alaska for 75 years – longer than any other cruise line. Holland America Line 11 ships offer a diverse range of enriching activities and amenities focused on destination immersion and personalized travel. The best live music at sea fills every evening at Music Walk, and restaurants feature exclusive selections from a culinary board of world-renowned chefs.


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