Culinary Council

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With the collective experience, passion and creativity of eight world-class celebrity chefs, the Holland America Line Culinary Council® brings global influence and expertise to dining venues across our fleet. Onboard our ships, each of our executive chefs is a member of the prestigious Confrérie de la Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, an international food and wine society.

Meet the Chefs

Rudi Sodamin

Holland America Line's Master Chef and Culinary Council Chairman, Chef Rudi was born in Austria and trained in France. His innovative approach has made him the most decorated chef on the world's oceans.

Edouardo Jordan

Celebrated executive chef, restaurateur and two-time James Beard award-winner, Edouardo Jordan brings his classical culinary training and a passion for the flavorful Southern cuisine of his childhood to the Holland America Line Culinary Council®.

Kristen Kish

The “Top Chef” season 10 winner, Chef Kristen’s playful yet refined cuisine showcases French and Italian traditions. At her Austin, Texas restaurant Arlo Grey, her dishes reflect her upbringing, world travels and the bountiful ingredients of Central Texas.

David Burke

A pioneer of contemporary American cuisine, Chef David is a restaurateur, cookbook author, inventor and consultant. He trained at the Culinary Institute of America and has been featured on Iron Chef America and Top Chef Masters.

Jacques Torres

Known as “Mr. Chocolate,” French-trained Master Chef and artisan chocolatier Jacques is a James Beard award winner. After rising to executive pastry chef at New York’s legendary Le Cirque, he opened a chocolate factory in New York.

Ethan Stowell

With an impressive roster of highly acclaimed restaurants, Chef Ethan has helped to change the face of the Seattle food scene. He was named one of the “Best New Chefs in America” by Food & Wine in 2008.

Jonnie Boer

Dutch-born Chef Jonnie is the driving force behind De Librije, a regional, fine-dining restaurant. Recognized as one of “The World’s 50 Best Restaurants,” De Librije has earned a three-star Michelin rating every year since 2004.

Andy Matsuda

Founder of the Sushi Chef Institute in Southern California, Chef Andy Matsuda offers more than 35 years of sushi mastery. After a battle with cancer, he sought a deeper understanding of the relationship between food and health.

Food & Beverage Aficionado Cruises

On select Holland America Line cruises, you’ll have the opportunity to meet, mingle and learn from one of our world-class Culinary Council® chefs. Get the guidance, tips and perspective of a renowned culinary professional.

Wine Experts Cruises

Wine lovers, take note: on select Holland America Line cruises, expand your oenological horizons with wine-tastings, a Pinnacle Grill dinner and insights from a Chateau Ste. Michelle vinologist.


Onboard Activities