Silversea Offers L’Ecole Des Chefs Cooking School On Selected Cruises

Cruise aficionados with a passion for cooking will be glad to know that luxury cruise line Silversea Cruises will again offer cruises featuring the popular Relais & Chateaux L’Ecole des Chefs interactive cooking school this year. First introduced in 2010, the programme allows guests onboard 10 selected voyages to discover new cooking techniques and sample dishes highlighting the culinary traditions of their ship’s itinerary.


Silversea’s culinary trainer chef David Bilsland presents a curriculum covering specialised workshops on a range of topics, cooking demonstrations with wine pairings, cooking competitions, interactive Q&A sessions, “Lunch & Learn” tasting event and inspired “Take It Home” recipes. Educated in classic French cooking, chef Bilsland was a former instructor at the prestigious Le Cordon Bleu culinary school in London and has developed the programme in collaboration with chef Jacques Thorel, the owner of France’s L’Auberge Bretonne and a Grand Chef Relais & Chateaux.


When the itinerary permits, the programme extends beyond the ship to enriching shore excursions. Guests can embark on the “Market to the Plate” escorted tour of a local market followed by a cooking class, as well as an instructor-escorted “Culinary Outing” to a local restaurant, hotel or venue where they can enjoy a unique culinary exploration.


The first of Silversea’s L’Ecole des Chefs voyages, a 30-day Sydney roundtrip onboard Silver Shadow and a 12-day South Pacific sailing onboard Silver Spirit, is currently underway. 8 other sailings around various regions are planned for 2011:


Africa, Arabia and Indian Ocean

Silver Wind will operate a 16-day Athens to Dubai sailing departing 11 November 2011 and calling at Alexandria, Aqaba, Fujairah, Muscat, Safaga and Sharm el Sheikh. The ship will also sail a 17-day Dubai to Mahe cruise departing 04 December 2011, with port calls at Cochin, Colombo, Curieuse, Fujairah, La Digue, Male, Mumbai, Muscat and Praslin enroute.


Caribbean, Mexico and Panama Canal

In the Americas, Silver Cloud departs Fort Lauderdale on 24 March 2011 for a 16-day cruise to San Diego via the Panama Canal and visiting Acapulco, Cabo San Lucas, Cartagena, Puerto Quetzal, Puntarenas, San Blas and Zihuatanejo. She departs on 9 April 2011 back to Fort Lauderdale sailing a reverse itinerary to the same ports.



Departing on 3 May 2011, Silver Spirit embarks on a 16-day sailing from Athens to Southampton as part of its World Cruise. The ship will be calling at Barcelona, Bilbao, Guernsey, Lisbon, Malaga, Monte Carlo, Rome, Sorrento and Taormina in Sicily enroute.



On 21 October 2011, Silver Spirit also will be offering a 15-day transatlantic sailing from Lisbon to Barbados, with calls in Antigua, Funchal, Guadeloupe, La Gomera, Las Palmas, Tenerife and St. Lucia. From New York, Silver Whisper departs on 17 May 2011 on a 14-day voyage to Southampton via Cork, Fowey, Halifax, Newport, St. John’s, Sydney and Waterford, while sister ship Silver Shadow crosses the Pacific Ocean on 8 September 2011, with a 14-day cruise to Tokyo from Seward taking passengers to Dutch Harbour, Hakodate, Homer, Kamchatka, Kodiak and Kushiro.


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