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Lookbook: What is Dinner at the Culinary Arts Center All About?

While many of you are certainly aware of Holland America Line’s award-winning Culinary Arts Centers onboard, did you know that on Koningsdam the experience is taken to a whole new level as a dining venue? While all of the ships feature Culinary Arts Center programming and a show kitchen for cooking demonstrations, hands-on classes and more, Koningsdam features the fleet’s first purpose-built show kitchen and dining area for 74 lucky guests.

Dinner at the Culinary Arts Center seats XX guests for the meal.

Dinner at the Culinary Arts Center seats 74 guests for the meal.

During the day, the ship’s chefs share recipes from Holland America Line’s menus in a state-of-the-art show kitchen that rivals any show kitchen you’ll see on television. During a recent cruise, our own Mast Chef Rudi Sodamin was onboard and demonstrated how to make Sel de Mer’s salt crusted fish.

Holland America Line's Master Chef Rudi Sodamin doing a cooking demo in the Culinary Arts Center.

Holland America Line’s Master Chef Rudi Sodamin doing a cooking demo in the Culinary Arts Center.

Giant screens around the room make it possible for all attendees to see the cooking action.

Giant screens around the room make it possible for all attendees to see the cooking action.

What sets Koningsdam’s Culinary Arts Center apart from the rest of the fleet is its evening transformation into an fresh, farm-to-table inspired dining venue. However, the meal is unlike any other onboard. Guests dine from a set menu and simply select their main course. Each course is prepared live in the show kitchen, with the ship’s chef showing the process. Guests are welcome to come watch and ask questions.

Two menus alternate and feature a variety of soups, salads, mains and desserts. On both menus guests choose from a beef, fish or vegetarian main course.

The first course is Roasted Heritage Carrot Soup.

The first course on one menu is Roasted Heritage Carrot Soup.

In addition to beef and fish, guests can select these Pumpkin Ricotta Parcels as their main course.

These Pumpkin Ricotta Parcels are a wonderful vegetarian main course.

The other menu features a Vacuum Poached Seabass and Fennel Confit.

One menu features a Vacuum Poached Seabass and Fennel Confit.

From left: Petit Fours Pops and an Apple Blossom Blood Orange Foam amuse-bouche. Guests receive the refreshing XXX drink upon arrival.

From left: All guests get Petit Fours Pops and an Apple Blossom Blood Orange Foam amuse-bouche. Guests receive a refreshing Limon and Lavender Bourbon drink upon arrival.

The Garden Berry Gallatte dessert is a flavorful way to end the meal.

The Garden Berry Gallatte dessert is a flavorful way to end the meal.

Guests are encouraged to come watch the food preparation.

Guests are encouraged to watch the food preparation.

Making the experience even more unique, each course is complemented with Koppert Cress microgreens grown onboard in the Culinary Arts Center. The microgreens boast different flavors that add to the taste of the dish.

Reservations are recommended as the venue fills up quickly. Dinner at the Culinary Arts Center carries a nominal charge of $39 per person, which includes wine. Will you be booking Dinner at the Culinary Arts Center on your next Koningsdam cruise?

14 Comments
  • Beckie Rhodes

    Is this experience one you can sign up for before the cruise sails?

  • Dan Ginter

    Would like to try next December when onboard

  • William Ashby

    Yes, Barbara and I would love to experience dinner in the Culinary Arts Center with our traveling partners, Edward and Mary Ellen Taylor. Please make our reservations. Both couples are celebrating our 50th Anniversary.

  • Julie

    Becky, at this time no. Please book when you get onboard.

  • Mike Baker

    Where are you docked out of? Looking to go on a cruise other than an aircraft carrier! Lol

  • Julie

    Mike, we have global cruises with homeports all over the world! Where are you looking to cruise out of?

  • Laurie

    Hi we are booked on the 9 day leaving Dec 30 2016 is it possible to reserve online?
    thanks

  • Julie

    Hi Laurie, not at this time. As soon as you get onboard visit the Culinary Arts Center and make your reservations. Enjoy!!!

  • C in Ballard

    I was looking for the sample menu in the online ‘booking dinner reservations’ area for an upcoming cruise, but this was the only one with a broken link. Also, the blog entry notes the lemon/bourbon drink, which seems included in the price– is wine included too?

  • Julie

    Wine is included at dinner in this venue. Thank you for letting us know the link is broken.

  • Kenneth Dick

    Booked on May 2018 MS Konigsdam cruise. Know from blog that as of February still couldn’t book Culinary Arts Dinner online. Has this changed & if not, why not? Other venues can be booked in advance. Doesn’t make sense not to be able to do this one

  • Julie

    We’re working to make that possible, hopefully by the end of the year!

  • Ramona Walton

    We are celebrating our 50th anniversary. Yes, we want to make reservations for the Culinary Arts Center. I could not find a way to do so. Saturday the 19th October or Friday the 25th October (sea days) would be grand. Sailing from Civitevecchia. Our name is Walton. It would be sad to board and find there were no available spots.
    Thank you.

  • Julie

    Hi Ramona, the Culinary Arts Center is no longer in existance. We keep posts to preserve the history of the blog. You can make reservations at Pinnacle Grill Canaletto, and if your ship has, Tamarind or Rudi’s Sel de Mer.

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