We started about 6:30, where we were greeted by the Maitre D' and given a hand washing lesson and white coats before we could enter the galley. We were then escorted as a group through the dining room. This was an interesting experience becuase many cruisers do not know about the Chef's Table, and had no idea why we were being treated like royalty by the Maitre'D' and Executive Chef.
|Executive Chef Guido, and Maitre D' Gissepi|
Once inside the Galley, we were handed glasses of Crystal Champaigne (which were topped off before they could even be emptied), and introduced to the staff that would be serving us that evening. We were also treated to our first FOUR appetizers:
|Ice Sculpture in the galley, just for our evening!|
Sesame Marinated Big Eyes Tuna Tartar with Wasabi
Fontina Cheese Quiche, White Truffles and Cherry Tomatoes
Deep Fried Panko Coated Black Tiger Prawns (The chef even made a special deep fried chicken for Jeremy due to his shellfish allergy)
Roasted New Potatoes with Sour Cream and Black Pearl Caviar
|Chef Guido presenting our Sorbet|
|This was only Chef Guidos second time making these ice bowls!|
Shortly after our sorbet was finished, Chef Guido came out to flambe our main course tableside.
|nothing like tableside Flambe!|
|Veal Chops (that tray was VERY heavy)!|
After 7 courses, we were more than full, however, there were still several courses left to go! Course number 8 consisted of Baked Brie De Meaux with Pine Nuts, Port Wine Reduction, Walnut and Fig Bread.
Course number 9 was presented by the Head Pastry Chef, which was Chocolate Praline Timbale pared with Errazuruz "late harvest" Sauvignon Blanc Dessert Wine.
At the end of the evening (approaching 11pm) all of the ladies were presented with a fresh rose from the ship florist, and the gentemen were presented with a beautiful Princess cookbook. It was an incredible experience, and something that we would certainly do over and over again on future cruises!
|Chef Guido presenting roses|
|Us with Chef Guido and Maitre' D' Gissepi|
Stay tuned....our journey takes us to Kusadasi, Turkey and Ephesus next!