Chef Elizabeth Falkner Joins Our Esteemed Culinary Council

Chef Elizabeth Falkner Joins Our Esteemed Culinary Council


Exciting news from Holland America Line! Today we announced Chef Elizabeth Falkner as the newest member of our prestigious Culinary Council. Falkner’s focus will be to enhance appetizers and main courses for our menus, in addition to offering her guidance to our culinary program.

Currently, Falkner serves as executive chef and part owner of Brooklyn-based pizzeria and restaurant Krescendo in New York and is the author of two cookbooks, as well as a frequent judge and competitor on popular reality competition shows including “Top Chef” and “The Next Iron Chef.”

A San Francisco, Calif., native, Falkner began her career working for Julian Serrano at Masa’s, a four-star French restaurant and later for Traci Des Jardins at Rubicon. She then started her own business as chef and a managing partner for two Michelin-recommended restaurants: first at Citizen Cake and then at her second restaurant, Orson. Falkner is known as a pioneer and expert in many types of cuisines.

Falkner is the recipient of numerous awards including a nomination for a James Beard Award. She also was named one of America’s 10 top pastry chefs by Bon Appetit magazine and, most recently, she placed first at the 2012 World Pizza Championships in Naples, Italy.

In Dec. 2012, Falkner was inducted into the Culinary Hall of Fame. That same month, she released her second book “Cooking Off the Clock.” Her first cookbook, “Demolition Desserts,” was a finalist for the International Association of Culinary Professional’s Julia Child, Best First Cookbook Award and was selected “favorite book” by the students of Le Cordon Bleu in Paris.

Falkner will join Holland America Line’s Master Chef and Council Chairman Rudi Sodamin, and renowned international chefs Jonnie Boer, David Burke, Jacques Torres and Charlie Trotter on the Culinary Council.


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  1. Craig and Leslee Saylor March 25, 2013 at 7:59 pm - Reply

    Having sailed 14 times with Holland since 2008, we would like to see crab/lobster and cheese app that Holland served be brought back to the menu. This app has not been on the menu for about two years. It was one of our favorites. Thanks for your consideration and welcome to the Holland family.
    Craig and Leslee Saylor

  2. Mary Pavich March 25, 2013 at 9:16 pm - Reply

    She is lucky to be so talented and gets to join this elite group of chefs. Rudi has been my friend for sometime.

  3. Mike Heemner March 26, 2013 at 6:25 am - Reply

    Welcome to the Council. Another great chef for a great team.

  4. Joyce Rice March 26, 2013 at 5:20 pm - Reply

    Loved watching Elizabeth on Top Chef and Next Iron Chef. Looking forward to having food that she’s created! I have always enjoyed the food on my HAL cruises so I’m excited to see what she brings. Guess I need to put my hands on one of her cookbooks and have some fun in advance of my 15th Anniversary cruise this fall! :)

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