Holland America Line Introduces Signature Master Chef’s Dinner

Fine dining meets entertainment

Holland America Line has introduced a new dinner theater concept called the Signature Master Chef’s Dinner. The dinner combines fine dining with entertainment and starts off with a greeting by 75 service staff, including dining room stewards, cruise activities staff and the ship’s singers and dancers, all dressed as “chefs,” wearing white hats and jackets.

A chef’s hat festooned with a collector’s menu in the shape of kitchen utensils describes the evening’s dining and wine selections. An honorary chef’s hat at each plate reveals a freshly baked dinner roll also in the shape of a chef’s hat.

Musicians perform during the dinner, using custom-made “foodical” instruments such as drums shaped like cakes sitting on bread-stick stands, a banana saxophone and a pear-shaped bass.

Musical selections include: the “Waltz of the Napkins,” in which napkins are delivered by staff in a choreographed waltz. Dancers present guests with a domed silver platter containing the “Chef’s Amuse Surprise,” a small welcoming treat from the executive chef. 

The “Show Salad Spectacular” features stewards juggling colorful vegetables into an over-sized salad bowl. Singer “Pepper Romaine,” costumed in a sequined, full-length green “salad” gown, joins in as servers toss baby greens, peppers, mushrooms, scallions and cherry tomatoes. 

Guests can chose from an array of starters, including Alaskan salmon tartare with avocado, golden baked brie in phyllo dough, lobster bisque or oxtail en croute. Entrees include whole roasted tenderloin of beef and grilled lamb chops with oregano and apple chutney and duck breast a l’orange. The band provides background music during the starter and main courses.

The evening’s “Grand Finale!,” features Master Chef Rudi Sodamin’s “Hats Off” dessert a bittersweet chocolate mouse topped off with a white chocolate chef’s hat. The ship’s chefs appear at the balcony to take a bow, as servers dance through the audience with dinner plates spinning in the air.

The Signature Master Chef’s Dinner will be featured once on every Holland America Line cruise by fall of 2006. The event has already debuted on the ms Volendam.


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