Holland America Line Collaborates with Top Sushi Chef Andy Matsuda
Cruise News – Jun. 14, 2016
Holland America Line’s shipboard chefs will now be learning from renowned sushi chef, Andy Matsuda of the Sushi Chef Institute in Los Angeles, California. The Japanese-born chef brings more than 35 years of sushi-making experience and 15 years of teaching to the cruise line, and he began his collaboration and training aboard the line’s newest ship, ms Koningsdam.
“Sushi is extremely popular with our guests, and creating it is an art form that requires specific skills, techniques, and in-depth training,” said Orlando Ashford, president of Holland America Line. “We are excited to collaborate with an expert of Chef Matsuda’s caliber to ensure that our chefs are creating the most exceptional sushi at sea. Anyone who enjoys sushi is going to be very impressed by the presentation and flavors in his creations.”
Not only will Matsuda share his knowledge and train the shipboard chefs to ensure that the cruise line’s staff is at the forefront of sushi trends and techniques, but four of his signature rolls will be featured on the dinner menu at Tamarind, the Asian-fusion restaurant aboard ms Koningsdam, ms Nieuw Amsterdam, and ms Eurodam.
Matsuda’s four signature rolls are: Tempura Lobster Roll with lobster tail, unagi sauce, avocado, and asparagus; Nigiri Seared Salmon with green olives and capers; Dragon Roll with tempura shrimp, unagi sauce, avocado, and asparagus; and Nigiri Tuna Zuke with yuzu-flavored tuna and guacamole sauce. Tamarind also serves sushi selections on the full dinner menu.
Matsuda joins Holland America Line’s elite list of food and beverage collaborators who are leading authorities in their fields. The line recently announced a partnership with Master mixologist Dale “King Cocktail” DeGroff, and its esteemed Culinary Council is led by Holland America Line’s Master Chef Rudi Sodamin, who is joined by renowned international chefs Mark Best, Jonnie Boer, David Burke, Elizabeth Falkner, and Jacques Torres.
Photo: Holland America Line
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