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Old 07-13-2008, 02:08 PM
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On our recent cruise to the Norwegian Fjords we were delighted to find that we could request a booking at the 'Chef's Table'. We called the'DINE' line right away and were told that we would be contacted with a date and time. On the 3rd day we were asked to attend a meeting with the Maitre d'Hotel, Giorgio Pisano. He explained the format the evening would take and asked if we had any food alergies (I can't eat shell fish). Not a problem. As we would be in the kitchen at the same time as dinner was being served to our fellow passengers no one with even the suggestion of a cold (or indeed any other illness) could take part, our clothes should all be freshly laundered and we would be shown how to wash our hands properly in case we touched any kitchen surface.
The following evening was to be the special night for 10 lucky passengers!
At 6.30 we met up with Giorgio Pisano in the Lobby Bar and were led through the dinning room to the kitchen. There we were met by the Executive Chef, Giuseppe de Genaro, who explained the workings of the kitchen and invited us to have champagne and hors d'oeuvres while we watched. Sooo good!
We were then led back to the dining room to a specially prepared table in the centre of the room. The table just sparkled - beautifully prepared complete with candles and flowers. The menu had been hand written for the occasion. The meal itself was fantastic and each course was met with exclamations of delight and in some cases wonder. Giorgio Pisano had chosen wines to complement each course, and as the meal progressed talk, laughter (and wine) flowed freely. Chef Giuseppe de Gennaro joined us at several points during the meal, preparing and explaining the food and the accompaniments, and of course answering questions.
At the end of the evening photos were taken by the ship's photographers (they appeared in our cabin the next day) and each couple was presented with a copy of 'Courses' Princess Cruises Cook Book, signed by both the Executive Chef and the Maitre d'Hotel.
I have not detailed the meal just in case someone else would like to try it on Grand Princess - wouldn't want to spoil the surprise!
The meal on each ship will be different as it is a colaboration between the Ececutive Chef and the Maitre d'Hotel.
We thought this was a fantastic experience which we would never have been able to afford anywhere else. It really made the cruise very special and if we get the chance we will certainly do it again.
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On our recent cruise to the Norwegian Fjords we were delighted to find that we could request a booking at the 'Chef's Table'. We called the'DINE' line right away and were told that we would be contacted with a date and time. On the 3rd day we were asked to attend a meeting with the Maitre d'Hotel, Giorgio Pisano. He explained the format the evening would take and asked if we had any food alergies (I can't eat shell fish). Not a problem. As we would be in the kitchen at the same time as dinner was being served to our fellow passengers no one with even the suggestion of a cold (or indeed any other illness) could take part, our clothes should all be freshly laundered and we would be shown how to wash our hands properly in case we touched any kitchen surface.
The following evening was to be the special night for 10 lucky passengers!
At 6.30 we met up with Giorgio Pisano in the Lobby Bar and were led through the dinning room to the kitchen. There we were met by the Executive Chef, Giuseppe de Genaro, who explained the workings of the kitchen and invited us to have champagne and hors d'oeuvres while we watched. Sooo good!
We were then led back to the dining room to a specially prepared table in the centre of the room. The table just sparkled - beautifully prepared complete with candles and flowers. The menu had been hand written for the occasion. The meal itself was fantastic and each course was met with exclamations of delight and in some cases wonder. Giorgio Pisano had chosen wines to complement each course, and as the meal progressed talk, laughter (and wine) flowed freely. Chef Giuseppe de Gennaro joined us at several points during the meal, preparing and explaining the food and the accompaniments, and of course answering questions.
At the end of the evening photos were taken by the ship's photographers (they appeared in our cabin the next day) and each couple was presented with a copy of 'Courses' Princess Cruises Cook Book, signed by both the Executive Chef and the Maitre d'Hotel.
I have not detailed the meal just in case someone else would like to try it on Grand Princess - wouldn't want to spoil the surprise!
The meal on each ship will be different as it is a colaboration between the Ececutive Chef and the Maitre d'Hotel.
We thought this was a fantastic experience which we would never have been able to afford anywhere else. It really made the cruise very special and if we get the chance we will certainly do it again.
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Old 07-13-2008, 02:32 PM
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Sounds wonderful! Thank you so much for posting your review of this fabulous event. I know several people who would love to try it.
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Old 07-14-2008, 11:04 AM
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Hi erosa, how did you sign up for this? I'd love to try it.
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Old 07-14-2008, 01:23 PM
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Hi penny3333
Just call the dining hot line when you get on board, or go see the maitre d'. It should be advertised on the front page of your first Princess Patter.
Hope you enjoy it as much as we did!
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Old 07-14-2008, 01:40 PM
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Thanks Erosa, will do.
 
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