Seattle, Wash., June 15, 2011 — This summer, tantalizing new dishes from Holland America Line’s esteemed Culinary Council will begin to be featured on the main dining room menu of the line’s 15 ships. The six Culinary Council chefs are each providing recipes for signature dishes and desserts that showcase their expertise and specialties.
Culinary Council members include Council Chairman and Holland America Line Master Chef Rudi Sodamin, along with renowned international chefs Jonnie Boer, David Burke, Marcus Samuelsson, Jacques Torres and Charlie Trotter.
“Our Culinary Council is a ‘dream team’ of chefs from around the world, and the exceptional dishes they have shared are unique expressions of their cultural backgrounds, skills and passion for the culinary arts,” said Richard Meadows, CTC, executive vice president, marketing, sales and guests programs. “We continuously strive to provide our guests with exclusive experiences, and offering them the chance to enjoy the delights of these celebrated chefs during their cruise is an incredible opportunity.”
Culinary Council chefs and a selection of their dishes to be featured:
• Master Chef Rudi Sodamin created a seared Cajun tuna steak with plum tomato confit and horseradish rösti potatoes.
He also contributed a veal chop with creamy Porcini sauce served with baby vegetables and homemade spätzle.
• Jonnie Boer, head chef of De Librijie in Zwolle, the Netherlands, shares his expertise with a beef strip loin with Hache sauce
served with carrot and celeriac-bacon purées, and roasted Parisian potatoes. For dessert, his brioche toast with caramelized
apricot will be served warm with clove ice cream.
• David Burke, a chef, artist and inventor, prepared roasted chicken with sausage cornbread stuffing served alongside roasted
vegetables with bacon, green beans and apple cider–chicken gravy. Burke also created a spice-crusted prime rib and
whipped potatoes, accompanied by sautéed asparagus and baby carrots.
• Marcus Samuelsson blended culture and artistry in his grilled salmon with miso, garlic, sesame and cilantro, served in a
spiced tomato broth with kale. For dessert, Samuelsson created a rich chocolate cake accented with bourbon- and
blueberry-infused whipped cream.
• Jacques Torres, one of the world’s most respected chocolatiers and pastry chefs, will delight guests with a chocolate platter
featuring chocolate cornflakes, creamy white chocolate mousse and a bitter-sweet chocolate slice. The dessert menu also will
highlight Torres’ crepes with caramelized pears served with warm raspberry sauce and vanilla ice cream.
• Charlie Trotter, winner of 10 James Beard Foundation awards, created sautéed opakapaka, also known as crimson snapper,
on a bed of bleeding heart radishes, served with baby turnips stuffed with black trumpet mushrooms, sautéed morel
mushrooms and basil-thyme oil. Another featured dish is Trotter’s grilled venison loin with dates served with seasoned quinoa,
salsify purée and broccoli rabe.
“When we came together on the Culinary Council, it was our vision to bring unique dishes to our guests that would expose their palates to new and exotic flavors,” said Sodamin. “All of the chefs developed outstanding dishes that our guests are going to be talking about long after their cruise is over.”
Besides sharing their insights on menus and culinary offerings, the Council will consult on the line’s Culinary Arts Center enrichment program to help create new and innovative learning experiences for guests.
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About Holland America Line [a division of Carnival Corporation and plc (NYSE: CCL and CUK)]
Holland America Line’s fleet of 15 ships offers more than 500 cruises to 350 ports in more than 100 countries, territories or dependencies. Two- to 110-day itineraries visit all seven continents and highlights include Antarctica, South America, Australia/New Zealand and Asia voyages; a Grand World Voyage; and popular sailings to ports in the Caribbean, Bermuda, Alaska, Mexico, Canada/New England, Europe and Panama Canal.
Fleetwide, the company features Signature of Excellence enhancements, a commitment totaling more than $525 million, that showcase the Culinary Arts Center presented by Food & Wine magazine — a state-of-the-art onboard show kitchen where more than 60 celebrated guest chefs and culinary experts provide cooking demonstrations and classes — Explorations Café powered by The New York Times, Digital Workshop powered by Windows, teens-only activity areas and all new stateroom amenities highlighted by flat-panel TVs and plush Euro-top Mariner’s Dream Beds.
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