Holland America Line Brings America’s Test Kitchen on Board
Cruise News – September 20, 2016
As part of its culinary programming, Holland America Line has partnered with the long-running public television show America’s Test Kitchen to introduce shipboard cooking shows designed specifically for the cruise line.
The onboard Culinary Arts Center will be transformed to replicate the television set where America’s Test Kitchen TV shows are recorded, and the shows will be hosted by Holland America Line chefs trained by America’s Test Kitchen culinary experts. Shipboard cooking demonstrations and hands-on workshops will combine foolproof, accessible recipes and cooking techniques that are rooted in the rigorous testing and science-based approach of America’s Test Kitchen. In addition, Holland America Line guests will have 24-hour access to episodes of America’s Test Kitchen and Cook’s Country in their staterooms.
“America’s Test Kitchen will bring a new take on cooking classes at sea that spans not only recipes, but also the science of the cooking process,” said Orlando Ashford, president of Holland America Line. “Its mission is to determine the best methods, ingredients, and cooking tools — and now these discoveries will be shared with our guests.
“I’ve been trying to find the right word. I need an expressive word at this moment. So words like awesome, excellent, exciting, cool, best — I think I’ve settled on this word. This is a momentous moment. HAL has the best food at sea, so we wanted to partner with the best, most popular how-to-cook show on TV.”
The planned 45-minute demo courses will feature a mix of video content, live instruction, taste tests, and recipe samples. Some of the courses in development include Asian Dumplings, Salad for Two, We Love Chocolate, Everything Salmon, Getting to Know Chiles, Flavors of the Mediterranean, Meatless Monday Meals, and New Italian Favorites. Also planned are 90-minute workshops that focus on teaching a specific skill set. Proposed workshops include Perfect Pies and Handmade Pasta.
“This is an incredible opportunity for fans of America’s Test Kitchen, and food lovers in general, to immerse themselves in the Test Kitchen experience,” said David Nussbaum, CEO of America’s Test Kitchen. “The classes on board Holland America Line ships will feature our famous foolproof recipes designed to be repeated and enjoyed long after the voyage has ended.”
America’s Test Kitchen is a fully equipped, 2,500-square-foot test kitchen located in Brookline, Massachusetts. A team of more than 50 highly qualified test cooks perform thousands of tests every year with the goal to develop the best recipes and cooking techniques, to review and rate the best cookware and equipment, and to taste-test and recommend brand-name supermarket ingredients for the home cook. Recipes are tested up to 70 times to arrive at the combination of ingredients, technique, temperature, cooking time, and equipment that yields the best recipe.
America’s Test Kitchen demo courses and workshops will begin aboard ms Westerdam October 18 for the ship’s Mexico season and on ms Nieuw Amsterdam November 13 for the Caribbean season. The program is expected to roll out fleetwide by June 2017.
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