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The Chef's Table -- Wow!

The Chef's Table -- Wow!
August 15th, 2013 7:06 pm     A+ | a-
Many popular cruise lines now offer a unique opportunity for guests looking for a rare and memorable dining experience not offered anywhere else on the ship.  On our recent Grand Princess cruise to Alaska this experience was called "The Chef's Table".   We were among 11 passengers selected to participate in multi-course meal that was personally designed, directed and prepared for us by the Executive Chef, David McDonald Greves.  

The cost was rather steep at $95 per passenger, but it was well worth it.  Prior to dining, Chef Greves gave us a personal tour of the Galley and he spent much of the evening at our table introducing each course.  The Chef even prepared the main course table side.  

The night started with us meeting the Maitre d'Hotel , Luigi Moretti and we were asked to wear white jackets for our tour of the Galley.  Another sanitary feature required us all stopping at the hand washing station as we entered the Galley.  

The menu included plenty of hors d'oeuvres, served to us in the Galley, which was accompanied by champagne.  Afterward, we were seated at a private table in one of the main dining rooms. Our servers made sure that our wine glasses were always filled with specially selected wines. Including the main course which included Maine lobster, carved beef tenderloin and sea scallops,  we enjoyed five other delectable courses- two of which included artfully designed and very tasty desserts.  Everything was extremely well prepared and the service was outstanding.  We also received a personalized, autographed copy of the Princess cook book along with a complimentary photo taken with the chef and each one of the ladies received a lovely red rose.  

I highly recommend this experience to everyone.  Please keep in mind that space is limited, so be sure to inquire as soon as you board. 
Steve Millay, ACC

Martha Bland
October 18th, 2013 9:48 am
We did this on our first cruise with the Diamond Princess. We had absolutely no status (other than first time with Princess) and still enjoyed it. Nice to know some activities are open to everyone! It was the highlight of our cruise.
Steve A in CA
November 8th, 2013 5:16 pm
We did a similar chef\'s table on our Alaskan cruise and also the ship tour - where we got to tour the galley, have hors d\'oeuvres in the galley, our own personal chef coats and signed copy of the Princess cookbook with chef and staff signing.

One of the most enjoyable experiences during the cruise and that is a lot to say with the excursions on an Alaskan trip.
Kenn in TX
November 25th, 2013 6:22 pm
We enjoyed the Chef's Table on the 11/16/2013 Caribbean Princess. Women were asked to wear closed-toe shoes for galley safety. Some of the wait staff took time to greet passengers with reserved dining who notified they'd be participating in the special meal. Everyone exchanged email addresses to pool photographic evidence and share feedback after we returned home. The evening was a special and memorable event.
Mike in CA
January 26th, 2015 10:50 am
My wife and I have made the Chef's Table a must on our cruises. We have four under our belt, and the only real drawback is they give you the same cookbook every time. We now re-gift them to fellow cruisers we meet on our cruises, and would like to continue a relationship after the cruise.
Peter C
February 18th, 2017 8:07 am
Have done the Chef's Table a couple of times on Royal Caribbean - Radiance of the Seas, I think - and agree with your blogger. It is an amazing experience and well worth the price. We were made to feel like royalty for the evening and the Chef and the Maitre d' could not be faulted. The wine matching course by course was perfect too. Highly recommend this!!!
Andrea P
February 18th, 2017 6:42 pm
We did The Chef's Table on Royal Caribbean. It is an experience not to be missed. The wine pairing was phenomenal. It started with champagne in a private lounge. Then we went to a private dining room. The chef described each course and each course was better than the last. We have scheduled another Chef's Table for our upcoming cruise. Best experience of the whole cruise.
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