Without a doubt, one of Silversea’s strongest selling points is their fine wines and cuisine; they are absolutely superb. The diversity and excellence of their dining options is due in large part to their relationship with the prestigious Grands Chefs Relais & Châteaux, who not only influence their culinary offerings but also work with them to present the very popular L’École des Chefs cooking school.
In response to the demand for their L’École des Chefs cooking school, Silversea has included it in four additional voyages this year. The program, hosted by Silverseas culinary trainer and French cooking expert David Bilsland, incorporates hands-on instruction and entertaining events.
The curriculum is composed of basic kitchen skills (like knife handling and culinary terminology) as well as instruction in sauces and baking; cooking demonstrations with wine pairings and interactive Q&A sessions; lively cooking competitions, tasting opportunities and “Take It Home” recipes for entertaining at home.
Itinerary permitting, the line will also offer a “Market to the Plate” option that includes an escorted tour of a local market followed by a cooking class, and a “Culinary Outing.” (Guests participate in an instructor-escorted excursion to a local restaurant, hotel or other venue to experience a unique culinary exploration.)
The new L’École des Chefs voyages for 2011 are:
Voyage 4122: Silver Whisper departs Stockholm July 23 on a 7-day sailing to Copenhagen with calls in Tallinn, St. Petersburg (3-day/2-night stopover) and Helsinki.
Voyage 1121: Silver Cloud departs Copenhagen July 30 on a 17-day roundtrip sailing with calls in Alesund, Geiranger, Helleysilt, Lofoten, Tromso, Honningsvag (North Cape), Murmansk, Archangel (overnight visit), Hammerfest and Kristiansund.
Voyage 3126: Silver Shadow departs Incheon (Seoul) September 23 on a 12-day sailing to Hong Kong with calls in Qingdao, Shanghai, Jiangyin, Nanjing and Xiamen. Highlights include cruising the Yangtze River and overnight stays in Shanghai and Hong Kong.
Voyage 3127: Silver Shadow departs Hong Kong October 5 on a 12-day sailing to Singapore with calls in Chan May, Ho Chi Minh City, Bangkok, Ko Samui, and Kuantan. Highlights include overnight stays in Ho Chi Minh City and Bangkok.