Esteemed group of world-renowned chefs
earns accolades from cruise authority
Seattle, Wash., Jan. 20, 2017
— Holland America Line's Culinary Council — a team of world-class celebrity
chefs — was named "Best Culinary Initiative" in Porthole Cruise Magazine's 2016
Editor-in-Chief Awards. The annual awards are chosen by Bill Panoff, the
magazine's editor-in-chief and publisher, who honors his favorite travel
experiences that left an impression in terms of service, quality and memorable
winners were announced in the Jan./Feb. 2017 issue of Porthole Cruise
Magazine that hit newsstands Jan. 10 and online at Porthole.com.
with our esteemed Culinary Council, Holland America Line has continued to
elevate its culinary program through the guidance and influence of these
talented chefs, and we're honored to receive this award from someone as
well-respected as Bill," said Orlando Ashford, president of Holland America
Line. "Our Culinary Council is one-of-a-kind in the cruise industry, and each
member deserves this award for their dedication and commitment to keeping us at
the forefront of innovation."
The Culinary Council is a
collaboration of some of the greatest international chefs, chaired by Holland
America Line's Master Chef Rudi Sodamin — a past recipient of Panoff's "Best
Cruise Line Chef" Editor-in-Chief Award. Sodamin leads Jonnie Boer, David
Burke, Elizabeth Falkner and Jacques Torres in providing guidance and advice
about onboard menus and culinary programming. The chefs also showcase signature
dishes on board, adding their own inspiration to the line's menus.
America Line's cuisine has impressed me time and again, and I consider the line
at the forefront of the cruise industry's food and beverage offerings,"
said Panoff. "Lead by Master Chef Rudi Sodamin, Holland America's Culinary
Council sets a high bar in terms of quality and excellence. I commend the
chefs, the initiative and, ultimately, the culinary experience on board."
The bimonthly Porthole Cruise Magazine was established in 1993 and
covers all aspects of cruise travel. The magazine serves as a consumer cruise
travel magazine for experienced and first-time cruisers alike. Editorial
emphasis is on cruise vacation information, ship reviews, news, popular ports
of call and travel tips.
more information about Holland America Line, consult a travel professional,
call 1-877-SAIL-HAL (1-877-724-5425) or visit hollandamerica.com.
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About Holland America Line [a division of
Carnival Corporation and plc (NYSE: CCL
Holland America Line's fleet
of 14 ships offers more than 500 cruises to more than 400 ports in 98
countries, territories or dependencies around the world. From shorter getaways
to 113-day itineraries, the company's cruises visit all seven continents with
highlights including Antarctica explorations, South America circumnavigations
and exotic Australia/New Zealand and Asia voyages; four annual Grand Voyages;
and popular sailings to the Caribbean, Alaska, Mexico, Canada/New England,
Bermuda, Europe and the Panama Canal. The line currently has a new 2,650-guest
ship, ms Koningsdam, delivered in April 2016, as well as a second
Pinnacle Class ship, ms Nieuw Statendam,
due for delivery in November 2018.
The company recently announced
$300 million in brand enhancements to secure its position as the leader in
premium cruising. Fleetwide, the ships feature innovative initiatives and a
diverse range of enriching experiences focused on destination immersion and
personalized travel. Guests can expand their knowledge onboard at an America's
Test Kitchen show; Explorations Café, powered by The New York Times and Digital
Workshop powered by Windows. Outstanding entertainment fills each evening at
venues including Lincoln Center Stage, Billboard Onboard and B.B. King's Blues
Club. The dining experience can be savored at a variety of restaurants with
menus that feature selections from Holland America Line's esteemed Culinary
Council that comprises world-famous chefs who design dishes exclusively for our