Silversea Expands Culinary Enrichment Programme With New Cooking School: Relais & Châteaux L'École des Chefs
(7 January 2010) Through its exclusive partnership with Relais & Châteaux, ultra-luxury Silversea Cruises is introducing L'École des Chefs, a new interactive cooking school that will be featured on 11 voyages in 2010.
The Relais & Châteaux L'École des Chefs programme offers guests a special culinary curriculum and entertaining events hosted by Silversea executive chef David Bilsland. Educated in classic French cooking, Bilsland's career includes several years as a chef instructor at the prestigious Le Cordon Bleu culinary school in London. He will present a programme developed in collaboration with Jacques Thorel, the owner of L'Auberge Bretonne and a Grand Chef Relais & Châteaux.
The curriculum for each of these cruises is carefully designed to celebrate the cultural flavour of the ship's itinerary. Highlights include specialised workshops covering a range 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 the 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.
Rudi Scholdis, Silversea's culinary director, said: "Thanks to our partnership with Relais & Châteaux we're able to offer the exclusive L'École des Chefs programme and provide our guests with a top-notch, in-depth cooking class that is also fun and entertaining. Of course, in addition to this new programme, we'll continue to offer our popular Culinary Arts voyages showcasing the artistry of award-winning chefs of top dining establishments from around the world, including the internationally acclaimed chefs of Relais & Châteaux."
Select L'École des Chefs voyages will also feature Silversea's celebrated wine consultant, Lyn Farmer. The James Beard Foundation Award-winning wine and food writer -- a passionate advocate of experiencing different cultures by sharing wine and food -- will host lectures, conduct tastings and guide guests through wine and food pairings as part of Silversea's Wine Series enrichment programme.
Following below is a list of the L'École des Chefs voyages for 2010. Fares listed are per person based on double occupancy for a Vista Suite and do not include port charges and handling fees that range from US$150 to $575 per person for these voyages, depending on the itinerary.
AFRICA & INDIAN OCEAN
Voyage 2035: Silver Wind departs Athens 9 November on a 16-day sailing to Dubai with calls in Rhodes, Alexandria, Sharm-el-Sheikh, Aqaba, Safaga and Muscat. Silver Savings fares start at $7,318.
ALASKA & PACIFICCOAST
Voyage 3012: Silver Shadow departs Los Angeles 13 May on a 12-day sailing to Vancouver with calls in San Francisco, Ketchikan, Sitka, Juneau, Skagway and Victoria. Guests will also enjoy a Wine Series programme hosted by Lyn Farmer. Silver Savings fares start at $3,678.
CARIBBEAN, MEXICO & PANAMA CANAL
Voyage 3005: Silver Shadow departs Los Angeles 5 March on a 17-day sailing to Fort Lauderdale with a crossing of the Panama Canal and calls in Cabo San Lucas, Puerto Vallarta, Zihuatanejo, Acapulco, Puerto Quetzal, Cartagena and Santa Marta. Silver Savings fares start at $5,478.
Voyage 3011: Silver Shadow departs Fort Lauderdale 28 April on a 15-day sailing to Los Angeles with a crossing of the Panama Canal and calls in Santa Marta, Cartagena, Puntarenas, Acapulco and Cabo San Lucas. Silver Savings fares start at $4,838.
Voyage 5039: Silver Spirit departs Fort Lauderdale 22 November on a round-trip, 10-day sailing with calls in Grand Turk, Antigua, St. Barts, St. Kitts and Spanish Town, BVI. Guests will also enjoy a Wine Series programme hosted by Lyn Farmer. Silver Savings fares start at $4,182.
Voyage 5042: Silver Spirit departs Fort Lauderdale 20 December on a round-trip, 14-day sailing with calls in Grand Turk, Antigua, Bequia, Barbados, St. Lucia, St. Barts, Spanish Town, BVI., and Key West. Guests will also enjoy a Wine Series programme hosted by Lyn Farmer. Silver Savings fares start at $6,598.
FAR EAST & SOUTH PACIFIC
Voyage 4002: Silver Whisper departs Sydney 18 January on an 18-day sailing to Singapore with calls in Brisbane, Whitsunday Islands, Cairns, Thursday Island, Komodo Island, Bali, Semarang and Karimunjawa Archipelago. Silver Savings fares start at $6,118.
Voyage 2033: Silver Wind departs Nice 20 October on a 10-day sailing to Istanbul with calls in Portovenere, Livorno, Sorrento, Taormina, Athens, Santorini and Kusadasi. Guests will also enjoy a Wine Series programme hosted by Lyn Farmer. Silver Savings fares start at $4,678.
Voyage 1017: Silver Cloud departs London 7 June on a 10-day sailing to Stockholm with calls in Rostock, Visby, Tallinn and St Petersburg (extended three-day, two-night stopover). Guests will also enjoy a Wine Series programme hosted by Lyn Farmer. Silver Savings fares start at $5,082.
Voyage 4034: Silver Whisper departs Santiago 3 December on a 16-day Chilean Fjord sailing to Buenos Aires with calls in Puerto Montt, Laguna San Rafael, Punta Arenas, Ushuaia, Puerto Madryn and Montevideo. Guests will also enjoy a Wine Series programme hosted by Lyn Farmer. Silver Savings fares start at $6,998.
Voyage 1011: Silver Cloud departs San Juan 14 April on a 15-day transatlantic sailing to Barcelona with calls in St Maarten, Antigua, Tenerife, Las Palmas, Casablanca and Malaga. Silver Savings fares start at $4,398.
Silversea Cruises is recognised as an innovator in the luxury segment, offering guests large-ship amenities aboard its intimate, all-suite vessels: Silver Cloud, Silver Wind, Silver Shadow, Silver Whisper and Silver Spirit -- all designed to offer an atmosphere of conviviality and casual elegance. With the inclusion of the regal expedition ship Prince Albert II, the company's itineraries encompass all seven continents.
In the US, Silversea has been voted "World's Best" by the readers of Condé NastTraveler (nine times) and Travel + Leisure (seven times), and ratedNumber-One luxury cruise line by high-net-worth consumers in the 2008 Luxury Brand Status Index (LBSI). International awards include "Best Innovation in Products and Services" from the Italian Innovazione Marketing Oggi Awards (2009); "World's Leading Small Ships Cruise Line" from World Travel Awards (2009); "Five Star Diamond Award" from the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences (2009); "Number One" small-ship line in the Readers' Choice" survey conducted by Britain's Condé Nast Traveller magazine (2007); "Best Luxury Cruise Line" by Spain's Cruceros & Destinos magazine (2008); "Best Luxury Cruise Line" by Australia's Luxury Travel & Style Magazine (2009); and "Best Luxury Cruise Operator" according to Asia's Travel Weekly (2008).
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