Holland America Line’s Rudi Sodamin named top chef
Holland America Line’s culinary consultant Master Chef Rudi Sodamin was again named Best Cruise Line Chef by Porthole Cruise Magazine. One of the world’s leading cruise travel publications, Porthole also recognized Holland America Line as having the Best On-Board Art Collection.
Chosen annually by Editor-in-Chief Bill Panoff, the Porthole Awards are a selection of his current favorites from the cruise and travel industries.
“Chef Sodamin’s talent is legendary,” said Panoff. “Year after year, Chef Sodamin continues to be the most innovative and inspiring chef in the cruise industry. Always looking to elevate the culinary experience for cruise guests, Rudi’s leadership and mentorship of chefs has expanded the many possibilities for gourmet cuisine at sea.”
An internationally recognized food authority and one of the hospitality industry’s most innovative chefs, Sodamin has directed the evolution of fine dining and unique menu options at Holland America Line since 2005 through his role as consulting Master Chef.
Sodamin’s distinctive vision has been instrumental in the development of Holland America Line’s interactive culinary program on board as well. He also chairs Holland America Line’s Culinary Council, which was formed to enrich the line’s culinary program and is composed of internationally renowned chefs Jonnie Boer, David Burke, Jacques Torres, Charlie Trotter and Marcus Samuelsson.
“Rudi is a leader in the industry and his forward-thinking approach to cuisine has enabled us to consistently deliver an exceptional culinary experience onboard,” said Richard Meadows, executive vice president, marketing, sales and guest programs for Holland America Lane. “We are proud that Rudi’s hard work and dedication earned him this recognition once again, and we look forward to continuing to leverage his creative ideas to ensure the best dining at sea.”
Sodamin is the author of numerous internationally published cookbooks, including “Seduction & Spice” and Holland America Line’s Signature of Excellence cookbook series that includes: “A Taste of Excellence,” “A Taste of Elegance,” “A Taste of Celebration” and “A Taste of Appetizers.” Sodamin belongs to the Academy Culinaire de France, and is an honoree member of the Club de Chefs des Chefs.
“I am deeply honored to win this award for the third year for my achievements at Holland America Line,” said Sodamin. “The line’s commitment to culinary excellence has made it possible for me and the culinary team to expand dining opportunities and restaurant concepts to create exciting options for our guests and fresh inspiration for our chefs.”
In addition to recognizing Sodmin, Porthole Cruise Magazine also honored Holland America Line for its extensive on-board art collection. Valued at tens of millions of dollars, thousands of pieces of unique works of art and antiques are displayed throughout the line’s 15 ships.
From classic maritime paintings by artist Stephen Card to 5,000-year-old pre-Columbian carved limestone figures from Ecuador, the pieces play an integral part of the elegant and sophisticated decor. Guests wanting to learn more about the collections can take a museum-quality, self-guided art tour aboard each ship using a hand-held iPod device that can be rented out free of charge.