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December 12, 2013

The Chef’s Table

Thursday Thirteen

During our recent cruise we were lucky enough to dine at the Chef’s Table. My husband has always wanted to attend a chef’s table and was really excited when we were able to book our places.

Our dining experience started when we met the rest of the guests and donned white coats for our trip the ship’s galley. After washing our hands (they take hygiene very seriously) we were introduced to the Head chef and given glasses of French Champagne, which went nicely with our canapés.

After a quick galley visit we were escorted to our dining table and enjoyed lots of delicious food and wine.

Chefs Table_Chef

This is the chef and a shot of our table and fellow diners.

Thirteen Things on Our Chef’s Table Menu

1. Canapés: Ceviche of Chilean Sea Bass and Ginger

2. Foie Gras Terrine on Brioche, Stone Fruit Jam

3. Bistro Mini Quiche Provencale

4. Steamed New Potatoes with Sour Cream and Caviar

5. Entree: Porcini Mushroom Risotto

6. Strawberry and Cracked Pepper Sorbet

7. Main course: “Double Impact” Surf and Turf

8. Lobster Tail, Diver Scallops, Beef Filet Mignon and Lamb Rib Chops

Chefs Table_Main

Chefs Table_Shelleys Meal

This is my dinner since I don’t eat meat. I had this huge fish steak. Very yummy!

9. Rosemary Juice, Lemon Butter Fondue, Mustard Hollandaise Sauce

10. Market Fresh Vegetables, Roasted Chateau Potato

11. Cheese: Potted Stilton with Port Wine and Walnut Bread

12. Dessert: White Chocolate Mousse with Mix Berries

Chefs Table_Dessert

13. Coffee or Tea with Homemade Amaretti and Biscotti

The dinner was delicious and hubby and I went for a walk afterwards!

Have you ever been to a chef’s table or a degustation dinner?


  1. Sidne

    #’s 3,4,5, 6 and all of your delights I would have enjoyed. yes, I attend a chef’s table aboard our Princess Cruise in 2011. It was very elegant experience. We also got a group pic with the chef.

    • Shelley Munro

      We had a photo with the chef too. It was a fun experience, and I’m glad we did it. Ours was also with Princess.

  2. Jennifer Leeland

    Those Scallops look BEAUTIFUL! How do you remember all that!!!! LOL! What a great experience.

    • Shelley Munro

      They gave us a copy of the menu. Good job too since I wouldn’t have remembered all the dishes.

  3. Mary Kirkland

    Looks like they had quite the spread for you all. Looks like you had a lot of fun. I’ve never been to the chef’s table but it looks like fun.

    • Shelley Munro

      The food was beautiful and they really treated us like kings.

    • Shelley Munro

      It was as delicious as it sounds.

  4. Colleen@LooseLeafNotes

    Gourmet! I’m more interested in eating it than watching it be prepared, but that would be fun too.

    • Shelley Munro

      We didn’t actually see the preparation but I can vouch for the yumminess of the food.

  5. sandy

    I want to be there that fish wow so delish

    • Shelley Munro

      It was the biggest piece of fish I’ve ever seen.

  6. Alice Audrey

    That double impact surf and turf has got me drooling. And what a pretty plate. I mean the food on it.

    • Shelley Munro

      It was a pretty plate of food – almost too delicious to eat. Almost.

  7. Heather

    Wow, that’s a lot of food. I would definitely need to save room for dessert. My T13

    • Shelley Munro

      As I said, I needed a walk afterward :)

  8. Nas

    Wow! Sounds like you are having a lovely time! Jealous!


    • Shelley Munro

      Unfortunately, we’re back home now and back to normal. Doing the cooking and cleaning yourself isn’t nearly as much fun.

  9. Stephanie Sullivan

    I’ve never been on a cruise, so I’ve never eaten at a Chef’s table, but all of that food looks delicious. Can I go with you next time? :)