Norwegian Cruise Line Hosts ‘The Great Cruise Cookoff’ Kitchen Showdown

Norwegian Cruise Line has announced its latest EMBARK with NCL episode, “The Great Cruise Cookoff.” The episode will feature three NCL chefs in a heated competition to have their winning dish featured aboard the line’s recently-launched ship Norwegian Prima.

Hosted by Norwegian Prima‘s Cruise Director Simon Akinwolere and NCL’s Senior Director of Culinary Development and Operations Christian Pratsch, viewers will get a front row seat to the cooking showdown as each chef whips up three creative dishes for judging.

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Norwegian Prima in Iceland (Photo courtesy of Norwegian Cruise Line)

Only one winner will be proclaimed, earning them bragging rights and the honor of having their dish enjoyed by thousands of Norwegian Cruise Line guests around the world.

“We are investing heavily in our food and beverage experience,” said Harry Sommer, Norwegian Cruise Line president and CEO. “So what better way to get the creative juices flowing than a friendly competition amongst our talented chefs. ‘The Great Cruise Cookoff’ invites viewers into the kitchen and gives them a seat at the table to witness the behind-the-scenes action. I can’t wait for our guests to see, smell and savor the winning dish!”

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(Photo courtesy of Norwegian Cruise Line)

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In the episode, Corporate Executive Chef Michael Koertgen, Director of Culinary Operations Eric Bilodeau, and Corporate Executive Chef Didier Lailheugue are given 60 minutes to prepare three dishes using three distinct ingredients. Once the time is up, the chefs will present their plates to be judged, and one chef will be announced winner of the first Great Cruise Cookoff.

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Norwegian Cruise Line’s newest ship, Norwegian Prima, features 18 dining options on board, including the debut of Palomar, a high-end Mediterranean-style restaurant; Nama, a contemporary sushi house; and the brand’s first Indulge Food Hall, featuring 11 eateries.

The cruise line is making a significant food and beverage investment to elevate the guest experience through globally-sourced quality products, increased staffing levels, and brand-new main dining room menus that first debuted on Prima.

To watch ‘The Great Cruise Cookoff’ episode of EMBARK, tune in on September 15, 2022 at 8 pm eastern time at or on Facebook.

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