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Holland America Line Adds Acclaimed Seattle Chef Ethan Stowell to Award-Winning Culinary Council

Holland America Line is amplifying the star power on its award-winning Culinary Council with the addition of Seattle chef Ethan Stowell. The Seattle-based premium cruise line chose the hometown chef to enhance its culinary offerings aboard its fleet of 14 ships, including the line’s newest ship Nieuw Statendam, which begins sailing Dec. 5, 2018.

Stowell joins an elite team of world-renowned chefs on Holland America Line’s Culinary Council, including Master Chef and Culinary Council Chairman Rudi Sodamin and international chefs Jonnie Boer, David Burke, Elizabeth Falkner and Jacques Torres.

The Culinary Council from left: Sodamin, Boer, Burke, Falkner and Torres.

The Culinary Council from left: Sodamin, Boer, Burke, Falkner and Torres.

No other cruise line has a team of six global culinary experts partnering with them to enhance all aspects of their dining experience.

“Our Culinary Council was designed to bring the global leadership of a team of international culinary experts to our onboard dining experience, and we’re thrilled to welcome a creative and successful chef like Ethan to the group,” said Orlando Ashford, Holland America Line’s president. “In partnership with the Culinary Council we continually evolve and enhance our menus, and we’re excited to tap into Ethan’s passion and knowledge of regional cuisine to enrich our offerings across all our ships.”

As part of his relationship with Holland America Line, Stowell will work collaboratively with the cruise line’s culinary team to create a narrative that brings the flavors of Alaska and the Pacific Northwest on board its seven ships cruising in the region. Guests will be able to choose regionally inspired dishes in the dining room.

From left: Holland America Line President Orlando Ashford, Stowell and Holland America Line VP of F&B Frits van Der Werff.

From left: Holland America Line President Orlando Ashford, Stowell and Holland America Line VP of F&B Frits van der Werff.

On all ships, several venues will feature menu items from Stowell, including New York Pizza, and in Lido Market Stowell will be revamping the popular Distant Lands Italian station and adding seven signature tossed salads at the Wild Harvest station.

A Stowell-developed signature appetizer and main course also will be featured on the Culinary Council menu in the dining room one evening on each cruise.

About Ethan Stowell
Ethan Stowell is the executive chef and owner of Ethan Stowell Restaurants in Seattle. His highly acclaimed restaurants include Tavolàta, How to Cook a Wolf, Staple & Fancy Mercantile, Ballard Pizza Company, Rione Xlll, Bar Cotto, Mkt., Red Cow, Frēlard Pizza Company, Bramling Cross, Marine Hardware, Tavolàta Capitol Hill, Derby at The Shop, and Ballard Pizza Company SLU, as well as Goldfinch Tavern in the Four Seasons Hotel Seattle. His food philosophy is all about keeping it simple, using fresh ingredients and allowing the food to do the talking.

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In 2010, Stowell began consulting for the Seattle Mariners. His work with the Mariners helps to bring local products into the stadium for fans to enjoy. Stowell’s ongoing chef partnership with Delta Air Lines began in 2017 with the opening of The Delta Sky Club at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

Stowell was named one of the Best New Chefs in America by Food & Wine magazine in 2008 and was chosen as a Best New Chef All-Stars in 2013. Stowell also was named one of the Puget Sound Business Journal’s 2010 “40 Under 40,” a list honoring young business leaders who excel in their industries and show dynamic leadership. He and his wife and business partner, Angela, were the recipients of the 2016 Richard Melman Innovator of the Year Award.

Stowell sits on the Board of Directors of the Woodland Park Zoo, and he and Angela are co-chairs of the United Way of King County 2018 Annual Campaign.

“Ethan Stowell’s New Italian Kitchen” was released in September 2010 from Ten Speed Press.

Deeply devoted to his hometown, Stowell is a fervent advocate committed to seeing that Seattle is recognized nationally as a culinary destination. He and his wife and their two young sons live in Seattle’s Phinney Ridge neighborhood. To learn more, visit

  • Sandra L Giuliani

    Would Ike info on the Veendam,
    We are booked for 1/31/18
    Will there b a new itenery??? How is this ship rated compared to the other refurbished ships?? Food, etc???

  • Julie

    Sandra, for information on how the ship is rated, we encourage you to visit Cruise Critic and chat with other cruise guests. The ship features wonderful food and select dining alternatives. But of course, we’re biased 😉

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