Kevin Sbraga, Denise Vivaldo, Sonia Hunt, Angelo Sosa, and Jonathon Sawyer share their culinary expertise with cruise guests
SEATTLE - During Holland America Line's summer
cruise season, the Culinary Arts Center program presented by Food &
Wine magazine is hosting five of the world's most celebrated chefs who
will showcase their expertise and share tips with guests.
Sbraga, Food Stylist Denise Vivaldo, Entrepreneur Sonia Hunt, Chef
Angelo Sosa, and Chef Jonathon Sawyer will be aboard five of the line's
premium ships in July and August as part of the line's robust Culinary
Arts program that offers culinary enrichment opportunities for guests on
more than 500 cruises annually.
During their cruises, the experts will perform complimentary cooking
demonstrations in the Culinary Arts Center, the line's state-of-the-art
show kitchens aboard each ship. The interactive sessions include recipe
handouts, food tastings and the opportunity for questions and answers
and photos with the culinary celebrities.
Chef Sbraga is scheduled to sail aboard ms Noordam's 10-day Roman
Empire cruise departing July 17. He opened his first restaurant, Sbraga,
in 2011 on Philadelphia's iconic Avenue of the Arts. In September 2010,
Sbraga became the first African-American "Top Chef" after winning
season seven of the Bravo hit series. He attended Johnson & Wales'
College of Culinary Arts in Providence, R.I., where he studied abroad in
Brussels and earned an esteemed apprenticeship with Chef Dominique
Michou. He later served as executive chef of Rat's Restaurant in New
Jersey where he created a contemporary French menu inspired by the
Vivaldo is scheduled to sail aboard ms Westerdam's July 21 seven-day
Alaskan Explorer cruise. She graduated Chef de Cuisine from the
California Culinary Academy in San Francisco. In 1988, she founded Food
Fanatics, a catering, recipe-development and food styling firm based in
Los Angeles. Vivaldo has catered more than 10,000 parties and styled
food for various television shows including "The Ellen DeGeneres Show,"
"The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" and "Inside Dish with Rachel Ray."
Vivaldo is the author of several best-selling culinary books including
"How to Start a Home-Based Catering Business," "The Entertaining
Encyclopedia: Essential Tips for Hosting the Perfect Party," and "The
Food Stylist's Handbook."
Hunt is scheduled to sail aboard ms Oosterdam's seven-day Alaskan
Explorer cruise departing July 22. She is the President of Noie Media,
LLC a multimedia production company, and creator and host of "Stirring
It Up!" -- a lifestyle entertainment show. She has been a healthy living
expert on the "Art of Living" celebrity radio show and continues to
host and perform cooking demos in celebrity food and wine events around
the country. Hunt focuses on helping people with food issues and food
allergies, like herself, to "Stay Safe, Live Healthy and Eat Well." Hunt
also is a digital media technology entrepreneur where she creates and
builds products and services for global brands in the food and wine,
entertainment, technology and consumer electronics industries.
Chef Sosa is scheduled to sail aboard ms Prinsendam's 14-day Norway
and British Isles voyage departing August 8. His most recent project is
Social Eatz where he works as executive chef and owner, designing a menu
that blends New York City staples with flavors from across Asia. In
2010, he was a contestant on season seven of Bravo's hit reality show,
"Top Chef." He was then invited to compete on "Top Chef All Stars."
Sosa, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, opened SmithHouse
in 2011 in Los Angeles, Calif. In 2009, Sosa was awarded the
StarChefs.com New York's Rising Star award for Best New Restaurant
Concept for his restaurant Xie Xie, which opened that same year.
Chef Sawyer is scheduled to sail aboard ms Zaandam's seven-day Alaska
Inside Passage cruise departing Aug. 19. He is executive chef at The
Greenhouse Tavern in Cleveland, Ohio. The eatery was Ohio's first
"green" restaurant and was named one of the top 10 best new restaurants
in the U.S by Bon Appetit magazine and best new restaurant by Cleveland
Magazine. In July 2011, Sawyer opened his second certified green
restaurant, Noodlecat. In February 2012, he was named one of 20
semifinalists for the prestigious James Beard Foundation Award in the
Best Chef: Great Lakes category. Sawyer has appeared on the Food
Network's "Dinner: Impossible" and "Iron Chef America," and was recently
honored by Food & Wine magazine as one of America's best new chefs.
Holland America Line's Culinary Arts Center Holland America Line's
industry trend-setting Culinary Arts Centers are featured on each of the
line's 15 ships. A "world-class show kitchen at sea," the Culinary Arts
Centers presented by Food & Wine magazine resemble the elaborate
kitchens of celebrity chefs on television cooking programs. The venues
feature a rotating schedule of activities daily including cooking shows,
wine tastings, mixology demonstrations, hands-on themed cooking classes
for both adults and kids, and other entertainment presentations. All
events are taught by celebrity guest chefs or highly skilled culinary
and beverage staff during every Holland America Line voyage.
The Culinary Arts Center is part of Holland America Line's innovative
and industry-leading culinary initiatives, which also include a
partnership with Le Cirque to present "An Evening at Le Cirque in the
Pinnacle Grill" and a Culinary Council comprised of renowned
international chefs Jonnie Boer, David Burke, Marcus Samuelsson, Jacques
Torres, Charlie Trotter and the line's Master Chef Rudi Sodamin.
For a full schedule of Holland America Line's culinary guest program,
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About Holland America Line [a division of Carnival Corporation and plc
(NYSE: CCL and CUK)] Holland America Line's fleet of 15 ships offers
more than 500 cruises to 350 ports in more than 100 countries,
territories or dependencies. Two- to 110-day itineraries visit all seven
continents and highlights include Antarctica, South America,
Australia/New Zealand and Asia voyages; a Grand World Voyage; and
popular sailings to ports in the Caribbean, Bermuda, Alaska, Mexico,
Canada/New England, Europe and Panama Canal.
Fleetwide, the company features Signature of Excellence enhancements, a
commitment totaling more than $525 million, that showcase the Culinary
Arts Center presented by Food & Wine magazine -- a state-of-the-art
onboard show kitchen where more than 60 celebrated guest chefs and
culinary experts provide cooking demonstrations and classes --
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