Culinary Council

Additional cost

With the collective experience, passion and creativity of six world-class celebrity chefs, the Holland America Line Culinary Council® brings global influence and expertise to dining venues across our fleet. On board 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.

Culinary Cruises

Take a dream cruise with our esteemed Culinary Council members. Taste their masterpieces and signature dishes. Learn how to slice, dice and sauté like a master chef at onboard cooking classes. Meet the experts at intimate, reservations-only dinners.

Meet Our Culinary Council®

With the experience, passion and creativity of our Culinary Council, Holland America tops the list of the best cruise lines for food. Watch video interviews of the master chefs behind our Culinary Council.

Chef Rudi Sodamin

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

Chef Ethan Stowell

With an impressive roster of highly acclaimed restaurants, Chef Stowell 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.

Chef David Burke

A pioneer of contemporary American cuisine, Chef Burke 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.

Chef Jacques Torres

Known as “Mr. Chocolate,” French-trained Master Chef and artisan chocolatier. Chef Torres 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.

Chef Jonnie Boer

Dutch-born Chef Boer 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.

Chef Andy Matsuda

Founder of the Sushi Chef Institute in Southern California, Chef 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.

Tasty and Certified-Sustainable Alaska Seafood

Holland America Line is the only cruise line with Alaska seafood certified sustainable by the Responsible Fisheries Management (RFM). Enjoy our fresh, certified sustainable and traceable wild Alaska seafood in several new dishes on Alaska cruises.

Onboard Restaurants

Our Culinary Council guides the delectable cuisine you will soon taste at these onboard restaurants.