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iPhone iBlog: Culinary Arts Center Guest Chef Herve Laurent

Chef Herve Laurent is the guest chef for the Culinary Arts Center program this cruise. For his demonstration he made a salmon dish with vegetables. Perfect for an Alaska cruise!

Chef Herve Laurent and his culinary creations.

Servings: 10 people

1 Salmon filet
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2 Shallots
1 cup Washington red wine
1/2 cup Maple sirup
50 g Dark chocolate
1 cup Washington white wine
50 ml Cream
100 g Unsalted butter
1 Orange (juice and zest)
200 g Firm papaya
50 g Fresh ginger
1/2 cup Sugar
250 g Smoked bacon
Farm vegetables

1. Chop shallot for both sauces.
2. Reduce red wine by half with maple syrup and 1/2 of the diced shallots. Remove from the heat and add dark chocolate. Season.
3. Reduce white wine and the rest of the diced shallots until dry. Add cream and season – on a low heat add small cubes of chilled butter.
4. Cut papaya in cubes and ginger in small strips – cook with sugar and the same amount of water.
5. Bake the smoked bacon until dry. Then chop using the food processor.
6. Scale the salmon, wash under cold water dry then cut in high cubes, leave the skin on.
7. Season the salmon with salt.
8. Cook the salmon in a hot non stick pan, with olive oil, ¾ on the skin side, ¼ on the over side.
9. Garnish the dish with turned vegetables (pan fried with butter) or stuffed vegetables with mushrooms (and baked).
10. Decorate the plate, 4 cubes of salmon, 3 with different sauces on top, 1 with chopped bacon, finish with vegetables.

The finished product.

HAL Chef Tournant Frederique from Belgium helps out and is translator for the guest chef!

Chef Herve Laurent making the dishes.

Mary Schimmelman is Holland America Line’s public relations manager and currently is sailing on Westerdam in Alaska.

  • Ernie Overholtzer

    How long is Chef Laurent on board Westerdam? My wife and I are sailing on 7/16/11.

  • Julie

    I believe he’s only on for one cruise. If there isn’t a guest chef on your sailing, then a talented member of the HAL culinary team will perform cooking demonstrations. The full schedule is here: Then click Culinary Arts Center Guest Chef Program on the left. Remember to send us photos when you return! Bon voyage!

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