Cooking Classes That’ll Change Your Kitchen Game


Cooking Classes That’ll Change Your Kitchen Game

24 July 2019

For most cruisers, your onboard time is for eating, not cooking. After all, you cook at home…why would you want to do it on holiday too? But onboard cooking classes are nothing like slaving over a stove for your family of four every evening, and you don’t have to spend hours thinking about what to make (only to come up with chicken and potatoes again), worry about the picky eaters, or cringe at the amount of dishes piling up. Instead, you can channel your inner Michelin star chef and go wild. Always wanted to make fresh pasta or learn to bake a perfect soufflé?

Pretty much anything is possible with the cooking classes available on cruise holidays – but here are three that will upskill you from home cook to veritable pro.


Regent Seven Seas Cruises – Culinary Arts Kitchen

Regent certainly knows how to do luxury, and their Culinary Arts Kitchen is no exception. Each of the 18 stations offers guests state of the art equipment and, of course, an incredible ocean view as you cook. A firm favourite for those who enjoy leisurely weekends and entertaining is ‘Anytime Brunch Favourites.’ No longer will you be limited to poached eggs, avo, and hollandaise; you’ll learn some new twists and crowd-pleasing recipes that will quickly make brunch your favourite meal of the day.

Or learn how to make the perfect Mexican feast complete with cocktails and wow your guests at your next dinner party. And if the cruise lifestyle has led to your waistband becoming a bit tighter than you’d like, why not spend an afternoon investing in your future health with the ‘Fresh Healthy Comfort Kitchen’? Trained chefs will guide you on how to source and prepare ingredients that are healthy, simple, and delicious so that you can follow a balanced diet without sacrificing taste.


Oceania Cruises – The Culinary Center

Oceania is known for their exceptional cuisine and aboard Marina and Riviera, guests can brush up on their culinary skills with a choice of up to sixteen classes. The classes at the culinary center give guests the opportunity to learn new skills at individual cooking stations with the newest technology, all under the guidance of skilled and passionate chefs. Popular classes include The Nordic Kitchen, which delves into traditional dishes from the likes of Finland and Sweden; the Mediterranean feasts of Greek Tonight; and pasta, fish, and rice in The Sicilian Kitchen. There’s even a class dedicating to mastering knife skills. 

Because you’re on holiday, you want to have some fun with your time in the kitchen. Thankfully, cooking classes with Oceania are more than just educational. ‘A little food, a little wine, and a little learning all combine to make for tremendous experiences’ says the President of Oceania Cruises, Bob Binder. Sign us up!


Holland America Line – Culinary Arts Center

A big drawcard for Holland America cruises is the onboard food, and a lot of effort has gone into making the culinary arts accessible to guests. All of the ships in the Holland America line feature the Culinary Arts Center, which comprises a show kitchen where you can get involved with hands-on classes taught by trained chefs. That’s not all though; they also offer cooking demonstrations to rival the best TV shows, where you can watch the head chefs cook up a storm and learn from them without ever having to go near a chopping board yourself. If you’re ready to get involved, why not take part in their cake decorating workshop, where you’ll learn how to pipe, spread, and beautify your cakes to Great British Bake Off level with a few handy tips and tricks from the pros. Another awesome option that you’ll put to good use at home is the Perfect Pies masterclass – who doesn’t love a perfectly seasoned pie with a rich, flaky crust?


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