Silversea Unveils Relais & Châteaux L'École des Chefs Cooking School Series for 2013

Travel News Asia Latest Travel News Podcasts Videos Thursday, 17 January 2013

Acclaimed culinary trainer David Bilsland, a former instructor at the prestigious Le Cordon Bleu culinary school in London, is again set to host Silversea's exclusive "Relais & Châteaux L'École des Chefs" interactive cooking school in 2013.

On 14 voyages across the globe, Chef Bilsland will present a program developed in collaboration with Jacques Thorel, a consulting Grand Chef Relais & Châteaux.

Silversea enjoys the privilege of featuring the only Relais & Châteaux L'École des Chefs cooking school at sea. The innovative program -- which is offered completely free of charge -- provides passengers with a special culinary curriculum, including hands-on instruction, and entertaining events.

With the curriculum for each of these cruises carefully designed to celebrate the cultural flavour of the ship's itinerary, participating passengers may prepare Cajun-spiced shrimp, vegetable frittomisto, or spanakopita, as well as other international delicacies.

Highlights include specialized workshops covering an array of topics from basic knife skills and kitchen terminology to sauces and baking; cooking demonstrations with wine pairings and interactive Q&A sessions; lively 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 delicious meal of specially prepared dishes; and inspired "Take It Home" recipes that will give guests an edge when entertaining at home.

Also offered on certain voyages, when the itinerary permits, is a "Market to Plate" experience that provides an escorted tour of a local market followed by a cooking class, and a "Culinary Outing," an instructor-escorted excursion to a local restaurant, hotel or other venue where guests can enjoy a unique culinary exploration.

"What's really great about our L'École des Chefs cooking school is that it's free, fun and entertaining," said Steve Odell, Silversea's President for Europe and Asia Pacific. "And it lets our guests’ get hands-on training, working side by side with an accomplished chef to learn new cooking techniques and sample delectable dishes."

A small selection of the L'École des Chefs voyages for 2013:


Voyage 2336: Silver Wind departs Las Palmas 3 December on an 18-day sailing to Cape Town with calls in Porto Novo, Praia, Dakar, Takoradi, Walvis Bay, and Lüderitz. Silver Privilege fares start at US$5,450.


Voyage 3329: Silver Shadow departs Tokyo 29 September on a 10-day sailing to Shanghai with calls in Hiroshima, Busan, Jeju, and Tianjin (Beijing). Silver Privilege fares start at US$4,350.

Voyage 3331: Silver Shadow departs Tokyo 19 October on a 12-day sailing to Hong Kong with calls in Osaka, Kagoshima, Nagasaki, Shanghai, and Xiamen. Silver Privilege fares start at US$5,650.


Voyage 2334: Silver Wind departs Rome 19 November on a 7-day sailing to Málaga with calls in Sorrento, Trapani, Valletta, La Goulette, and Cartagena. Silver Privilege fares start at US$2,050.

Voyage 2335: Silver Wind departs Málaga 26 November on a 7-day sailing to Las Palmas with calls in Cádiz, Casablanca, Agadir, Arrecife, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, and Santa Cruz de la Palma. Silver Privilege fares start at US$2,750 for a Veranda Suite (Vista Suites are already sold out).

Northern Europe

Voyage 7309: Silver Explorer departs Lisbon 29 April on a 14-day "Flavors of Europe" voyage to Portsmouth with calls in Oporto (Leixoes), Vigo, Santander, St. Jean de Luz, Bordeaux, Quiberon, Saint-Malo, Guernsey, and Honfleur. Silver Privilege fares start at US$6,850 (for Adventurer Class accommodations).

Voyage 1318: Silver Cloud departs Southampton 9 June on a 10-day sailing to Copenhagen with calls in Honfleur, Oostende, Antwerp, Amsterdam, Hamburg, Warnemünde (Rostock), and Helsingborg. Silver Privilege fares start at US$4,150.

South Pacific

Voyage 5304: Silver Spirit departs Los Angeles 1 February on a 31-day roundtrip odyssey exploring the enchanting isles of the South Pacific with calls in the Marquesas Islands, Rangiroa, Society Islands, Kiribati, and Hawaii. Silver Privilege fares start at US$14,550.


Voyage 3328: Silver Shadow departs Vancouver 12 September on a 16-day transpacific voyage to Tokyo with calls in Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway, Kodiak, Petropavlovsk (Kamchatka), and Hakodate. Silver Privilege fares start at US$6,250 / A$6,050 for a Veranda 1 Suite (Vista Suites are already sold out).

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