It’s fascinating to learn how chefs use their skills and artistry to create culinary delights, and it’s even better to get to taste those creations, which has made the “chef’s table” dining concept popular. Fortunately for food and cruise lovers, some cruise lines offer chef’s table experiences at sea, which can be a memorable highlight of your voyage.
On a cruise, a
chef’s table dinner is usually a multi-course tasting menu that’s not available
anywhere else on the ship. It’s fine dining, and it’s exclusive: a chef’s table
may be offered just one or two evenings of a cruise, and only for small groups
(usually 12 or less). If the table isn’t actually in the ship’s galley, it’s
usually in a private dining area nearby.
Here’s what you
and your taste buds can expect at the chef’s table on some popular cruise
offers chef’s table dinners that reflect the region the ship is sailing through;
a lovely way to get familiar with the local cuisine. If you’re sailing in a
wine-producing region, each course will be paired with a local vintage, too.
Cruises, known for its culinary focus, offers a variety of chef’s table menus
in an intimate venue called Privee. These include a degustation (tasting) menu
that starts with an amuse-bouche and ends with petit fours; a wine pairing
menu; and “Best of Oceania Cruises” selections.
Cruises offers chef’s table dinners for up to a dozen guests. The executive
chef visits the table to explain the preparation of each course and gives some
tasting suggestions, then sits down with the guests to enjoy dessert and
offers a chef’s table on selected ships and sailings. The menu offers five gourmet
courses in a formal setting, and the chef de cuisine serves as host. Each
course is accompanied by a special wine chosen by the head sommelier.
Ama Waterways, a
river cruise line, offers a chef’s table dinner in a glass-enclosed space with
beautiful river views, as well as a full view of the galley.
chef’s table experiences come with a cover charge, although the chef’s table on
Ama Waterways is an exception: reservations are required, but there’s no cover
charge. Still, onboard chef’s table experiences always sell out – a good sign
that it’s worth the splurge. To reserve a cruise and a place at the chef’s table,
talk with Anita, your professional travel advisor.
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