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Silversea Announces First-Ever Corporate Chefs Culinary Cruise


(23 March 2010) Silversea continues its commitment to the culinary enrichment of its guests with the creation of Flavours of the Mediterranean, a special programme showcasing the talents of its corporate chefs, slated for the 24 May, Rome-to-Nice sailing of Silver Whisper.

This unique voyage is designed to highlight the flavours of the Mediterranean by bringing together, for the first time, Silversea's corporate culinary stars to tantalise guests with festive dinners and tastings, cooking demonstrations and wine pairings. Guests can attend lectures discussing top trends from terroir to sustainable; join optional tours to renowned wineries and bistros; and visit a local market with a chef to learn how to pick the perfect ingredients for a delicious meal.

The cast for this epicurean extravaganza includes:

Rudi Scholdis -- voyage host and Silversea's director of culinary development. Belgium-born Scholdis has catered to an impressive list of international celebrities. After cooking his way across Europe, he spent five years working in top London hotels, culminating with the legendary Dorchester. From Alain Ducasse to Charlie Trotter, Scholdis has worked alongside some of the world's leading chefs. He has catered for Queen Elizabeth II, the Duke of Edinburgh and Prince Charles; and served heads of state from US President Bill Clinton and Saudi Arabia's King Fahd to Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, plus an array of Hollywood superstars.

David Bilsland -- Silversea's culinary trainer and programme leader for L'École des Chefs. Educated in classic French cooking, Bilsland's career includes several years as a chef/instructor at Le Cordon Bleu culinary school in London. He currently hosts Silversea's L'École des Chefs, a unique interactive cooking school offered in partnership with Relais & Châteaux.

Richard Weichbold -- the corporate chef for Silversea. This son of a South African restaurateur moved to London where he became sous chef at the Dorchester. In 2003 he left the urban scene to join Silversea as executive chef aboard Silver Shadow and was promoted to corporate chef in 2009.

Alberto Colombo -- Silversea's corporate Italian chef. A native of Turin, graduate of the Culinary Institute in Alessandria and an alumnus of some of Piedmont's top restaurants, Colombo is steeped in the gastronomic traditions of a region known as Italy's culinary star. He oversees the authentic Italian regional cuisine for Silversea's fleet-wide La Terrazza restaurants.

Alex Hekimov -- the corporate pastry chef for Silversea. From Shanghai to London, Hekimov has practised his craft in a number of major international hotels before joining Silversea in 2002. In 2009, he was named "Barcardi Chef of the Year" for his Citrus & Barcardi Indulgence recipe. However, his true addiction is chocolate and today he travels from ship to ship, making sure the croissants are flaky, the dough perfect, and the desserts -- a chocoholic's nirvana.

Lyn Farmer -- the wine consultant for Silversea. This widely published wine and food writer and senior editor of The Wine News magazine, has been honoured with the James Beard Foundation Award for Best Writing on Wine and Spirits. He has judged international wine competitions and led tastings and tours to food and wine regions throughout the world. His A Moment on Wine video series is featured throughout the Silversea fleet.

Scholdis said: "With Silversea's Italian heritage, it is not surprising that Mediterranean cuisines are very close to our heart. And with the ports on this itinerary, our chefs can demonstrate their artistry with a bounty of fresh ingredients."

From Rome to the Riviera, guests on this seven-day voyage will explore lands where wines are mellow, glories eternal and breezes fragrant with rosemary and thyme. They will chart their own course to gastronomic discovery with the option to savour the flavours of Sicily at a Relais & Châteaux restaurant along the Amalfi Drive, or by joining a cooking class in St Tropez, perhaps, or Corsica.

The 24 May 2010, Flavours of the Mediterranean cruise (#4013) aboard the all-suite, 382-guest Silver Whisper departs from Rome for Sorrento, Taormina, Palermo, Calvi (Corsica), St Tropez and Nice. Silver Savings fares for this 7-day voyage start at US$4,227 per person, based on double occupancy.

Also available is a free roundtrip air package that includes transfers between airport and pier on the day of embarkation and disembarkation. The free air package is available from select gateway cities in the US, Canada and UK. It is a capacity-controlled programme offered for a limited time.

Cruise fare listed above is the current best-available starting fare for a Vista Suite. The fare does not include port charges and handling fees of $175 per person. Silver Savings fares are capacity-controlled, subject to availability and are likely to increase as the sailing date approaches.

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" Excellence Award by Spain's Cruise News Media Group (2009); "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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