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on Nov 08, 2007

Holland America Line has launched a kids and teen Culinary Arts Center activity program to bring the joys of cooking to the younger set.  Taking advantage of the fleet-wide million dollar show kitchens, the premium line now offers classes that teach kids and teens how to make dishes from breakfast to dinner.

“Learning about the culinary arts and cooking isn’t just for adults,” said Richard D. Meadows, executive vice president, marketing, sales and guest programs.  “We’ve developed some fun recipes and classes so that kids, tweens and teens can discover more about cooking from our shipboard chefs.”

The program, which launches this summer, incorporates dishes from breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks in complimentary classes lasting 45 minutes each.  All kids, tweens and teens are welcome to attend whether or not they are registered for the Club HAL and teens program.  

The preparations range from simple to teen sophisticate.  Kids under eight years old will learn to make Bear Tracks (Alaska theme cookies), Fruit Leather (fruit roll-ups), Ice Cream Sandwiches, Salad People Art, and Denali Peaks (Alaska Theme Scones).   Kids eight and over will delight in making Soft Pretzels, Granola Bars, Pita Chips and Hummus, and Saltwater Taffy.        

Class topics and times will be communicated through daily programs and Club HAL programs during a cruise.  Teens are welcome to attend adult culinary demonstrations, too.

As a part of the line’s $225 million Signature of Excellence initiative, Holland America Line spent more than $13 million to create and install the Culinary Arts Center presented by Food & Wine magazine, which is offered on every sailing of its 13 ship fleet. The Culinary Arts Centers features the only fleetwide dedicated state-of-the-art show kitchens at sea, each resembling the elaborate kitchens used by celebrated chefs on television cooking programs.  Innovative theater-styled venues offer large overhead plasma video screens providing close-up views of food preparation, and a large cooking display counter where guests can learn new techniques and recipes.  More than 60 top chefs, wine experts and cookbook authors will sail in each year, and classes and demonstrations will be offered on every sailing.