Matsuda will continue to train chefs in
the art of sushi-making and offer signature rolls
Seattle, Wash., March. 5, 2018 —
Since 2016 sushi chef Andy Matsuda has been sharing his knowledge with and
training Holland America Line's shipboard chefs to ensure that the cruise
line's staff is at the forefront of sushi trends and techniques. In recognition
of his significant impact on the brand, Holland America Line is elevating
Matsuda to its esteemed Culinary Council — a group of elite culinary
collaborators who are among the world's leading food authorities.
The Culinary Council is led by Holland America Line's Master Chef Rudi Sodamin,
who is joined by international chefs Jonnie Boer, David Burke, Elizabeth
Falkner, Ethan Stowell and Jacques Torres.
"Sushi has to be made perfectly for it to be considered authentic, and Andy has
transformed the sushi we serve on board by ensuring our culinary team is
expertly trained," said Orlando Ashford, president for Holland America Line.
"Sushi is an art, and Andy's creations are delectable, innovative and visually
beautiful. We are thrilled to add him to the Culinary Council, where he will
continue to influence many facets of our sushi program."
Today, Holland America Line guests can indulge in Matsuda's signature rolls at
Tamarind — the award-winning Asian-fusion restaurant on board several Holland
America Line ships — and at Tamarind's sushi counter on Koningsdam. To further
enhance the sushi experience Nieuw
Statendam will establish a separate sushi bar called Nami Sushi,
which will feature more rolls created exclusively by Matsuda. The word "nami"
has Japanese origins, means "wave" and is an homage to the ocean views enjoyed
at the venue.
Matsuda's sushi selections on Tamarind's full dinner menu and at Nami Sushi
include a Tempura Lobster Roll with soft shell crab tempura; Dragon Roll with
tempura shrimp, unagi sauce and avocado; Tsutsumi Roll with snapper, green
olive, caper and avocado; Futomoki Roll with crab, yamagobo, avocado and
cucumber; Volcano Roll with sesame-marinated salmon and Thai chilis; and Nigiri
Sushi with tuna, salmon and ebi shrimp.
In addition to its partnerships through the Culinary Council, Holland America
Line also collaborates with master mixologist Dale DeGroff on its cocktail
program and acclaimed wine critic James Suckling to curate its wine list.
About Sushi Chef
Matsuda learned the joy of cooking at his family's Japanese restaurant when he
was a child, and he went on to have an apprenticeship at Genpachi, one of the
most famous restaurants in Osaka, Japan, before bringing his sushi skills to
Los Angeles. Following a battle with cancer, he sought a deeper understanding
of the relationship between food, health, people and the environment, which he
then parlayed into becoming one of the world's foremost sushi experts.
The Japanese-born chef brings more than 35 years of sushi-making
and 15 years of teaching to the premium cruise line. At Matsuda's Sushi Chef
Institute in Los Angeles, California, he teaches aspiring chefs and
professionals from all over the world about sushi and Japanese cuisine. More than
1,500 graduates of the institute have gone on to careers in sushi restaurants
or have become restaurateurs themselves.
Photos are available at https://www.cruiseimagelibrary.com/c/nzwlj137.
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Holland America Line's fleet of 14 ships offers more than 500 cruises to more
than 400 ports in 98 countries, territories or dependencies around the world.
From shorter getaways to 113-day itineraries, the company's cruises visit all
seven continents, with highlights including Antarctica explorations, South
America circumnavigations, Cuba cruises and exotic Australia/New Zealand and
Asia voyages; four annual Grand Voyages; and popular sailings to the Caribbean,
Alaska, Mexico, Canada and New England, Bermuda, Europe and the Panama Canal.
The line welcomed Koningsdam
in 2016 and has a second Pinnacle-class ship,
Nieuw Statendam, to
be delivered in December 2018. A third Pinnacle-class ship, due for delivery in
2021, recently was announced.
The company is undergoing $300 million in brand enhancements to secure its
position as the leader in premium cruising. Fleetwide, the ships feature
innovative initiatives and a diverse range of enriching experiences focused on
destination immersion and personalized travel. Guests can expand their
knowledge through an exclusive partnership with O, The Oprah Magazine; during
an America's Test Kitchen show; at Explorations Café presented by The New York
Times; and by taking a Digital Workshop powered by Windows. Outstanding
entertainment fills each evening at venues including Lincoln Center Stage,
Billboard Onboard and B.B. King's Blues Club. The dining experience can be
savored at a variety of restaurants with menus that feature selections from
Holland America Line's esteemed Culinary Council, comprising world-famous chefs
who design dishes exclusively for our guests.