Silversea unveils culinary cruises
Published on Jan 24, 2011
Silversea Cruises has announced that eight of its voyages this year will feature the popular Relais & Châteaux L'École des Chefs interactive cooking school.
"Our new L'École des Chefs cooking school has generated such great feedback from guests that we're pleased to expand the program into 2011," said Rudi Scholdis, Silversea's Director of Culinary Development. "This is a really fun enrichment program that lets guests discover new cooking techniques and sample dishes that highlight the culinary traditions of the ship's itinerary."
Through its partnership with Relais & Châteaux, Silversea features the only Relais & Châteaux L'École des Chefs cooking school at sea. The programme offers guests a special culinary curriculum and events hosted by Silversea culinary trainer David Bilsland. Educated in classic French cooking, Bilsland's career includes several years as a chef instructor at the prestigious Le Cordon Bleu culinary school in London. He will offer a programme developed in collaboration with Jacques Thorel, the owner of L'Auberge Bretonne and a consulting Grand Chef Relais & Châteaux.
The curriculum for each of these cruises is designed to celebrate the cultural flavour of the ship's itinerary. Highlights include specialised workshops covering a range of topics from basic knife skills and kitchen terminology to sauces and baking; cooking demonstrations with wine pairings and interactive Q&A sessions; cooking competitions between Chef Bilsland and the ship's own culinary team; a "Lunch and Learn" event offering small groups of guests a chance to sample a meal of specially prepared dishes; and inspired "Take It Home" recipes.
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