Holland America Details 2022 Celebrity Chef Culinary Cruises

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Holland America Line has announced a series of culinary cruises in 2022, each with a different chef from the line’s Culinary Council.

During each voyage, passengers will have the opportunity to attend cooking demonstrations led by the chefs, bring home recipes from each presentation, and join an intimate reservation-only dinner at Pinnacle Grill, Rudi’s Sel de Mer, or Nami Sushi — depending on the chef.

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L-R: Stowell, Torres, Sodamin, Burke, and Matsuda (Photos courtesy of Holland America Line)

Culinary Council chef signature dishes will be highlighted when available on all restaurant menus during the voyages. On every cruise, one evening in the main dining room will feature a special menu with a collection of dishes from the Culinary Council members.

“Holland America Line’s culinary program is guided by some of the world’s foremost talents, and no other cruise line has this level of experience from such a team of experts,” said Michael Stendebach, vice president of food, beverage and guest services, Holland America Line. “It’s not every day you learn a recipe directly from the famous chef who created it and hear their secrets to success in the kitchen. We have been eager to reengage our talented Culinary Council chefs to come back on board and offer guests this exclusive level of access.”

Here’s an overview of Holland America’s 2022 Culinary Cruises:

Ethan Stowell

Seven-night Alaskan Explorer voyage on Westerdam roundtrip from Seattle — September 11-18, 2022

Stowell incorporates the flavors of the Pacific Northwest on ships sailing in that region, using fresh, sustainably-sourced Alaska seafood. His fare is also featured at New York Pizza and Lido Market across the fleet.

Stowell is founder and CEO of Ethan Stowell Restaurants, and was named one of the Best New Chefs in America by Food & Wine magazine and one of the Best New Chef All-Stars.

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Ethan Stowell (Photo courtesy of Holland America)

Jacques Torres

Nine-night Atlantic Coast cruise on Zaandam from Montreal to Fort Lauderdale — October 1-10, 2022

A French-trained master chef and artisan chocolatier, Torres guides chocolate desserts as well as the Chocolate Surprise Dessert Parade on board.

After rising to executive pastry chef at New York’s Le Cirque, he opened a chocolate factory and retail stores throughout New York. The James Beard Award winner is co-host and head judge on the Netflix show “Nailed It” with Nicole Byer.

Rudi Sodamin

Seven-night Mexican Riviera voyage on Koningsdam roundtrip from San Diego — November 12-19, 2022

As Holland America’s master chef and Culinary Council chairman, Austrian-born Sodamin oversees all aspects of shipboard dining. Rudi’s Sel de Mer is his namesake French seafood brasserie on board.

His latest culinary masterpiece is an art table book called “Food Faces” that features more than 150 images of edible creations.

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David Burke

Seven-night Eastern Caribbean cruise on Nieuw Amsterdam roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale — December 4-11, 2022

Burke enhances the menu at Pinnacle Grill, adding contemporary flavors and signature recipes. He recently opened five new restaurants, including Orchard Park by David Burke.

During the pandemic, Burke’s #FeedtheHeroes program cooked and delivered 100,000 meals to frontline workers and charities. He’s been featured on “Iron Chef America” and “Top Chef Masters.”

Andy Matsuda

10-night Southern Caribbean Seafarer voyage on Nieuw Statendam roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale — December 17-27, 2022

The Japanese-born Matsuda leads the sushi offerings at Nami Sushi, Tamarind, and Lido Market.

At Matsuda’s Sushi Chef Institute in Los Angeles, he teaches aspiring chefs and professionals about sushi and Japanese cuisine. Matsuda is at the forefront of sushi trends and techniques.

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Andy Matsuda (Photo courtesy of Holland America)

All events during these special Culinary Cruises are complimentary, excluding the specialty dinner. Each chef will be aboard their designated cruise for four to ten days.

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