Culinary Council

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With the collective experience, passion and creativity of seven 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

Global Culinary Excellence

Now with seven world-class celebrity chefs, the Holland America Line Culinary Council® brings their collective experience, passion and creativity to dining venues across our fleet.

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.

Diverse Culinary Specialties

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.

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.

Jaques 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.

Elizabeth Faulkner

Chef Elizabeth earned accolades for her ground-breaking San Francisco shop, Citizen Cake. A frequent judge and competitor on Food Network, she won first place in the World Pizza Championships in Naples, one of Italy's most prestigious competitions.

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.

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.