It’s amazing what you can pick up en route when you’re Captain of a cruise ship, somebody famous like Australian celebrity chef, Sean Presland – for those who are guessing. Known for his award winning Saké Restaurant & Bar in Sydney and Brisbane, he will join the ms Volendam when it sails out of Sydney Harbour on January 17, 2012 to tour New Zealand.
So why will he be there? It sounds like a sweet deal. He will appear as a guest at a star-studded gathering of chefs to be part of the Holland America Line’s: Culinary Arts Center ‘showcase kitchen at sea’. Sean Presland, whose successful restaurants have won the acclaimed Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide’s Chef’s Hat each year since opening, will conduct two 45-minute cooking demonstrations and one 90-minute cooking class to wow voyagers on this cruise.
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Large overhead plasma video screens display close-up views of food preparation and guests can learn new cooking techniques and dishes at the vast cooking display counters. It offers an opportunity for passengers to be part of a cuisine spectacular with demonstrations of culinary skill that gourmands worldwide travel to Saké to experience. His food is contemporary Japanese with his own style to bring a unique touch to traditional cuisine learned while working in a Ryokan in the mountains of central Japan.
What do you mean you’ve never heard of him? Early on in his talented career, Sean Presland was invited by famed Japanese chef Nobu to set up his Bahamas restaurant. Now, his own restaurants are so successful, Sean Presland has appeared as guest judge and celebrity chef on Masterchef and Junior Masterchef in Australia. Richard D. Meadows, executive vice president, marketing, sales and guest programs says, “We know Australians love their chefs and high quality food, so we’re very proud to add Shaun into the mix of talent.”