Celebrity chefs spice up Silversea voyages

Renowned chefs and food writers are set to share some of the world’s finest gastronomic traditions on seven upcoming Culinary Arts voyages aboard Silversea Cruises. The unique culinary theme cruises showcase the skills of culinary experts and award-winning chefs of top dining establishments from around the world, including the internationally acclaimed chefs of Relais & Châteaux, the distinguished international association of charming properties and gourmet restaurants. One special Culinary Arts voyage, “The Flavors of Europe,”will take place aboard Silver Explorer’s Expedition Voyage 7309, sailing April 29 to May 13, 2013 from Lisbon to Portsmouth, offering an array of culinary demonstrations and activities on board and ashore. On this unique adventure, guests will have the opportunity to visit a farm near Bordeaux dedicated to the cultivation of heirloom fruits and vegetables; learn how to prepare Basque pintxos (bite-sized delicacies); partake in a gastronomic celebration at Château Kirwan in the Bordeaux countryside; experience an authentic afternoon tea at a manor house in Guernsey; and join Silversea’s culinary team for a provisioning excursion to a seafood market in Santander, Spain. The voyage will be hosted by Chef Rudi Scholdis, Silversea’s culinary director; Chef David Bilsland, culinary trainer for the “Relais & Châteaux L’Ecole des Chefs”cooking school aboard Silversea; and Conrad Combrink, Silversea’s director of expeditions. (