Celebrity Chef Cat Cora To Sail As Part Of Holland America Line's Culinary
Arts Center Program
An all-star line-up of celebrated chefs and authors enhance program throughout
SEATTLE, April 24, 2013 /CNW/ - This summer Celebrity Chef Cat Cora will
demonstrate how to whip up her favorite dishes as part of Holland America
Line's Culinary Arts Center, presented by Food & Wine magazine. Cora is
scheduled to sail on ms Nieuw Amsterdam's 12-day Mediterranean Empires cruise
departing July 2, 2013.
In addition to Cora, the lineup for the Culinary Arts Center fleet-wide
enrichment program includes other celebrated chefs, cookbook authors and
television personalities from the culinary world who sail throughout the year.
Also sailing this year are the Food Network's "Next Food Network Star"
finalist Michele Ragussis and Danny Grant, executive chef at the Waldorf
Astoria Chicago, who was named one of Food & Wine magazine's "Best New Chefs
"Holland America Line's Culinary Arts Center is a highlight of our onboard
enrichment program and year after year we strive to bring aboard the most
talented and entertaining culinary experts," said Richard Meadows, executive
vice president, marketing, sales and guest programs. "The chance to engage
with these masters in their fields and explore new culinary learning
opportunities enhances the cruise experience for our guests."
The Culinary Arts Center presented by Food & Wine magazine enables cruisers
aboard the line's 15 ships to experience cooking shows, wine tastings and
question-and-answer sessions in a full show kitchen. Also offered are hands-on
classes conducted by top chefs, wine experts, noted culinary specialists and
leading cookbook authors.
About Cat Cora With restaurants at Macy's South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa,
Calif., at San Francisco's and Houston's airports, and at Walt Disney World,
Cora brings a taste of her culinary influence to both coasts. In 2005, she
made television history on the Food Network's "Iron Chef America" as the first
and only female Iron Chef, and in 2006 she was named executive chef of Bon
Appetit magazine. Cora stepped out of her chef's jacket in 2012 and co-hosted
Bravo's "Around the World in 80 Plates" alongside Curtis Stone.
In 2011, Cora launched her first line of cookware with Starfrit, Canada's
leading purveyor of kitchen preparation products. That same year, she joined
forces with Gaea to debut Cat Cora's Kitchen, her own line of olives, olive
oils, tapenades and cooking sauces. In addition, Cora has her own collection
of wines under the Coranation label.
Cora received her culinary education at The Culinary Institute of America in
New York, and in Europe she completed apprenticeships with two of France's
three-star Michelin chefs, George Blanc of Vonnas and Roger Verge. She is the
author of "Cat Cora's Kitchen," "Cooking From The Hip: Fast, Easy, Phenomenal
Meals" and "Classics With a Twist: Fresh Takes on Favorite Dishes."
Outside of the kitchen, Cora's philanthropic efforts include her role as
president and founder of Chefs for Humanity, nutritional spokesperson for
UNICEF, work with Save the Children and she joined First Lady Michelle Obama
as part of her Chefs Move To Schools campaign.
More renowned chefs featured in Holland America Line's Culinary Arts Center
Sean Brasel is executive chef and co-owner of Meat Market in Miami, Fla. In
1994, Brasel opened several restaurants in his native Colorado, and then
relocated to Miami Beach where he launched Touch in the heart of South Beach.
Meat Market, his latest creation, is a sultry steakhouse with a New York City
vibe. He is scheduled to sail aboard ms Statendam's seven-day Glacier
Discovery Alaska Voyage departing June 2.
Karen Nicholas is executive chef of Equinox Restaurant in Washington, D.C.,
and one of Food & Wine magazine's best new chefs of 2012. She studied at
Johnson & Wales University in Providence, R.I., and her resume includes stints
at Dry Creek Kitchen in Healdsburg, Calif., and Gramercy Tavern in New York
City. Nicholas is scheduled to sail on ms Amsterdam's seven-day Alaska cruise
Danny Grant is executive chef at the Waldorf Astoria Chicago. Twice given two
Michelin stars for RIA, a restaurant inside the Waldorf, he also received
perfect four-star reviews from the Chicago Tribune and Chicago magazine. In
2012, Grant was named one of Food & Wine magazine's best new chefs. He is
scheduled to sail on ms Nieuw Amsterdam's 12-day Mediterranean Romance cruise
Kelly English is executive chef of Kelly English Steakhouse and Restaurant
Iris in Memphis, Tenn. English graduated from the prestigious Culinary
Institute of America and studied in Spain and France. Restaurant Iris was
voted Memphis' best restaurant three years in a row by Memphis magazine
readers. He recently opened Kelly English Steakhouse in St. Louis, Mo. English
is scheduled to sail on ms Noordam's 11-day Adriatic Explorer cruise Sept. 6.
Paul Carter is the director of culinary operations at Starwood Hotels and
Resorts Worldwide in Phoenix, Ariz. Prior to his current position, Carter
served as executive chef of The Phoenician in Phoenix. He is scheduled to sail
on ms Prinsendam's 16-day Mediterranean Explorer cruise Sept. 16.
Michele Ragussis is executive chef of The Pearl in Rockland, Maine, and Food
Network's "Next Food Network Star" finalist. For the past eight years, she's
worked as an executive chef in restaurants along the east coast. Ragussis
sails on ms Westerdam's seven-day Caribbean cruise Nov. 9.
Fred Muller is executive chef of El Meze Restaurant in Taos, N.M. He is
part-owner of Crook's Corner in Chapel Hill, N.C., and was voted one of the
"Top 10 New Southern Chefs" by Southern Magazine. Muller also is the author of
the cookbook "LA COMIDA: The Foods, Cooking and Traditions of the Upper Rio
Grande." He is scheduled to sail on ms Veendam's seven-day Mexican Riviera
cruise Nov. 9.
Other notable Culinary Arts Center guest chefs and cuisine experts slated to
sail in the 2013 season include:
-- Ghyslain Maurais, restaurateur, chocolatier and pastry chef,
sails on ms Volendam June 12 in Alaska.
-- Jeremy Langlois, executive chef at Houmas House Plantation in
Darrow, La., sails on ms Zuiderdam June 22 in Alaska.
-- Bruce Sherman, executive chef of North Pond in Chicago, Ill.,
sails on ms Eurodam July 10 in the Baltic.
-- Matt Gennuso, executive chef and owner of Chez Pascal, a
French-American bistro in Providence, R.I., sails on a segment
of ms Prinsendam's Britain and Ireland Explorer cruise
departing Aug. 5.
-- Alon Shaya, executive chef of Domenica in New Orleans, La.,
sails on ms Volendam Aug. 28 in Alaska.
Holland America Line's Culinary Arts Center Holland America Line's Culinary
Arts Centers are featured on each of the line's 15 ships. A "world class show
kitchen at sea," the Culinary Arts Centers, presented by Food & Wine magazine,
resemble the elaborate show kitchens used by celebrity chefs on television
cooking programs. The facilities are used for cooking shows, wine tastings,
hands-on cooking classes and mixology presentations. All events are taught by
highly skilled culinary and beverage staff during every Holland America Line
Each facility features a theater-style venue with two large video screens and
a large cooking display counter. Holland America Line also offers a youth
Culinary Arts Center activity program on select sailings to teach kids and
teens how to cook. The program incorporates dishes from breakfast, lunch,
dinner and snacks in complimentary 45-minute classes.
The Culinary Arts Center is part of Holland America Line's innovative and
industry-leading culinary initiatives, which also include a partnership with
Le Cirque to present "An Evening at Le Cirque in the Pinnacle Grill" and a
Culinary Council composed of renowned international chefs Jonnie Boer, David
Burke, Elizabeth Falkner, Jacques Torres, Charlie Trotter and the line's
Master Chef Rudi Sodamin.
For a full schedule of Holland America Line's culinary guest program, visit
click on the Culinary Arts Center tab.
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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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