Chef Elizabeth Falkner Joins Holland America Line's Esteemed Culinary Council
SEATTLE, March 25, 2013 /CNW/ - Holland America Line announced Chef Elizabeth
Falkner as the newest member of the line's prestigious Culinary Council.
Falkner's focus will be to enhance appetizers and main courses for the line's
menus, in addition to offering her guidance to the line's culinary program.
Currently, Falkner serves as executive chef and part owner of Brooklyn-based
pizzeria and restaurant Krescendo in New York and is the author of two
cookbooks, as well as a frequent judge and competitor on popular reality
competition shows including "Top Chef" and "The Next Iron Chef."
"Chef Falkner embodies the creativity and expertise that have made Holland
America Line a leader in culinary initiatives," said Richard Meadows,
executive vice president, marketing, sales and guest programs. "We are honored
to welcome a chef as innovative and accomplished as Elizabeth to the Culinary
Council and our family of experts, and we are excited to see what creations
she will add to our menus."
A San Francisco, Calif., native, Falkner began her career working for Julian
Serrano at Masa's, a four-star French restaurant and later for Traci Des
Jardins at Rubicon. She then started her own business as chef and a managing
partner for two Michelin-recommended restaurants: first at Citizen Cake and
then at her second restaurant, Orson. Falkner is known as a pioneer and expert
in many types of cuisines.
Falkner is the recipient of numerous awards including a nomination for a James
Beard Award. She also was named one of America's 10 top pastry chefs by Bon
Appetit magazine and, most recently, she placed first at the 2012 World Pizza
Championships in Naples, Italy.
In Dec. 2012, Falkner was inducted into the Culinary Hall of Fame. That same
month, she released her second book "Cooking Off the Clock." Her first
cookbook, "Demolition Desserts," was a finalist for the International
Association of Culinary Professional's Julia Child, Best First Cookbook Award
and was selected "favorite book" by the students of Le Cordon Bleu in Paris.
"Holland America Line is one of the most dynamic cruise lines today at the
vanguard of culinary innovation," said Falkner. "I am excited to be working
with Holland America Line to collaborate on guest trends, recipe development,
culinary direction and collaborative learning opportunities."
Falkner will join Holland America Line's Master Chef and Council Chairman Rudi
Sodamin, and renowned international chefs Jonnie Boer, David Burke, Jacques
Torres and Charlie Trotter on the Culinary Council.
"We are constantly evolving our culinary experience to exceed the expectations
of our guests," said Sodamin. "I am thrilled to collaborate with Elizabeth and
look forward to her contributions and partnership on the Culinary Council."
In addition to providing guidance, menu selections and imparting their
knowledge regarding the onboard menus and culinary offerings, the Council
makes recommendations regarding the line's Culinary Arts Center on bringing
culinary learning experiences to guests.
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About Holland America Line [a division of Carnival Corporation and plc (NYSE:
CCL and CUK)] Holland America Line's fleet of 15 ships offers more than 500
cruises to 415 ports in 98 countries, territories or dependencies. One- to
110-day itineraries visit all seven continents and highlights include
Antarctica, South America, Australia/New Zealand and Asia voyages; a Grand
World Voyage; and popular sailings to ports in the Caribbean, Bermuda, Alaska,
Mexico, Canada/New England, Europe and Panama Canal. The line currently has a
new ship on order from Fincantieri shipyard for delivery in fall 2015.
Fleetwide, the company features Signature of Excellence enhancements, a
commitment totaling more than $500 million, that showcase the Culinary Arts
Center presented by Food & Wine magazine — a state-of-the-art onboard show
kitchen where more than 60 celebrated guest chefs and culinary experts provide
cooking demonstrations and classes — Explorations Cafe powered by The New
York Times, Digital Workshop powered by Windows, teens-only activity areas and
all new stateroom amenities highlighted by flat-panel TVs and plush Euro-top
Mariner's Dream Beds.
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Lines, Cunard Line, Princess Cruises, Costa Cruises and Seabourn. Sharing a
passion to please each guest and a commitment to quality and value, World's
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