Oh, what I wouldn’t give to have sailed on this voyage… over 30 well known chefs, winegrowers, chocolatiers, fromagiers and pâtissiers from all over Europe recently gathered together on Hapag-Lloyd’s Europa for an onboard culinary event.
EUROPA’S Best 2013 brought together the shining stars of the culinary world (see the participant list below) in Antwerp for a demonstration of creative and unique dishes such as “braised cheek and ravioli of veal on a bed of vegetable strips topped with a light sauce madère, truffles, and caviar” and “pickled, white slice of halibut on fragrant rice and pineapple-mango-chutney, macadamia nuts and kaffir lime” or “marinated Arctic char with green apple, apple blossoms, clover leaf and caviar.” These extraordinary gastronomic creations were paired with exquisite wines, deserts and cheese specialties.
EUROPA’S Best Participants 2013:
MS EUROPA Chefs:
Stefan Wilke, MS EUROPA
Dieter Müller, Restaurant Dieter Müller
Karlheinz Hauser, Restaurant Seven Seas, 2 Michelin stars, 3 Gault Millau toques, Germany
Heinz Otto Wehmann, Landhaus Scherrer, 1 Michelin star, 2 Gault Millau toques, Germany
Johanna Maier, Restaurant Johanna Maier & Söhne, 2 Michelin stars, 3 Gault Millau toques, Austria, André Jaeger, Restaurant Fischerzunft, 1 Michelin star, 4 Gault Millau toques, Switzerland, Steffen Mezger, Bayerischer Hof, 1 Michelin star, 3 Gault Millau toques, Germany
Olivier de Vinck, Restaurant Kommilfoo, 1 Michelin star, 2 Gault Millau toques, Belgium
Harald Wohlfahrt, Restaurant Schwarzwaldstube, 3 Michelin stars, 4 Gault Millau toques, Germany, Niko Burkhardt, Restaurant OLIVO, 1 Michelin star, Germany
Michael Hoffmann, Restaurant Margaux, 1 Michelin star, 3 Gault Milau toques, Germany
Weingut Schneider, Schlossgut Diel, Prinz von Hessen, Weingut Heger, Weingut Dönnhoff, Weingut Bründelmayer, Weingut Torres, and Weingut Schloss Gobelsburg
Otto Gourmet, BOS Food, Giovanni L., Patisserie Walter, Finca Marina, Van Nahmen, Becking Kaffee, Veronique Witzigmann, Fromagier Antony, Caviar House & Prunier, and Piekfeine Brände, Hamburg, June 2013
If you weren’t one of the lucky few to participate this year, you can plan to be there next year. The international (German/English) gourmet cruise featuring the event “EUROPA’S Best” will take place from 10 June until 24 June 2014 (14 days) and will sail the guests from Lisbon/ Portugal to Hamburg/ Germany, calling at Bilbao/ Spain, St.-Jean-de-Luz/ France, Bordeaux/ France, Le Palais/ France, St. Helier/ Great Britain, St. Peter Port/ Great Britain, Greenwich (London)/ Great Britain and Antwerp/ Belgium.