Westerdam is the set for a new series of the Dutch television program “Herrie aan de Horizon.” In this show popular Rotterdam Master Chef Herman den Blijker is looking for a new hobby chef. Participants have to work in couples for several challenges. After each show one of the participants has to leave the ship.
This is the second time Holland America Line has cooperated with Chef Herman den Blijker and Dutch TV channel RTL 4. Herman den Blijker is a well-known chef. He owns several restaurants in Rotterdam and other cities. His seafood restaurant Las Palmas is located in the former workshops of Holland America Line at the Wilhelmina dock in Rotterdam, just opposite the cruise terminal.
For this year’s series the TV cameras were on board the Westerdam and in several ports in the Caribbean during a two-week cruise. At HAL’s private island Half Moon Cay there was a special challenge for the hobby chefs.
Officers and crew of Westerdam cooperated on the show. Some officers assisted in judging the prepared meals, other crew members helped the participants in their challenges.
Chef Herman den Blijker is very enthusiastic about the new show and the cooperation with Holland America Line: “As a Rotterdam-based chef I feel connected to Holland America Line,” Herman says. “The cooperation for this new show was excellent again. The fantastic destinations in the Caribbean were a tremendous inspiration for all of us.”
The first show of “Herrie aan de Horizon” is scheduled on Dutch TV on Tuesday, May 19. The final show is set for Tuesday, July 7.
Alexander Bakker is a public relations practitioner in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.