Holland America Line dining experience awarded top accolade from Porthole Magazine


Rudi Sodaman’s Master Chef’s Table dining experience was voted best at sea by Porthole Magazine’s Editor-in-Chief.

Last month, Holland America Line’s  Master Chef’s Table won the prestigious “Best Dining Experience” accolade, awarded by Bill Panoff, the Editor-in-Chief of Porthole Magazine.  The Master Chef’s Table experience was designed and put together by Rudi Sodamin, a highly regarded chef in the gourmet dining world.

After learning of the award bestowed upon his Master Chef’s Table dining experience, Rudi said:

“For Bill Panoff to once again recognize the Master Chef’s Table experience as the finest at sea is deeply rewarding and an incredible honour. Holland America Line gives me an exciting canvas on which to create new culinary opportunities for our guests and to continuously reinvent the way we present our cuisine.”

Colleague Richard Meadows, who is the executive vice president of marketing, sales and guest programmes for Holland America Line knows that Sodamin’s talents and innovations were to thank for the award won by the cruise line. He said:

“Rudi’s culinary innovations continue to earn acclaim throughout the industry, and this award is confirmation of his creativity and forward-thinking approach to our dining experience. We’re proud that the Master Chef’s Table was again recognized for its exceptional cuisine, fine wines and first-class service, and we look forward to seeing what Rudi will come up with next for our guests.”

Finally, speaking about his decision to award Rubi Sodamin with the award, Porthole Magazine’s Editor-in-Chief Bill Panoff added a few words of his own:

“The Master Chef’s Table is the highest quality culinary experience you’ll find on land or at sea, so it was easy for me to give it such distinguished recognition. Rudi continues to transform the dining offerings onboard Holland America Line ships, and his knowledge and talent ensure that every dining experience is going to be memorable”

What is The Master Chef’s Table Dining Experience?

This magical culinary event is a must for budding gastronomers! During the evening, up to 18 guests will be presented with seven courses, each delivered by a special culinary expert, who will host the dinner during the evening. The host wears a very special uniform, which is designed to resemble an elegant chef’s jacket.

Each meal is served with a wine, paired by an expert sommelier and hand picked for its complimenting taste and characteristics.

Guests will eat at an elegantly designed table, and food is eaten from fine Versace china.

About Rudi Sodamin:

Chef Rudi is a highly regarded chef, renowned for his innovation and for having an impressive portfolio of awards. In addition to this recent accolade awarded by Porthole Magazine, Rudi has achieved a rating of 17/20 and has Three Toques from the prestigious Gault-Millau Guide (1998).  This is a huge milestone for the cruise ship industry, as this award is the first for a restaurant at sea.

Recently, Chef Rudi received the Meilleur Cuisinier 2013 accolade, and he was awarded and Three Toques from Michael Reinartz, founder of the prestigious Gault & Millau, Germany & Austria.

Chef Rudi works on Holland America Line’s Culinary Council and has thirteen cook books to his name. He is also an honorary member of the noble Club des Chefs, a group that cook for presidents, kings and prime ministers world wide.

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