March 31, 2019 - This morning I had booked a class at the Culinary Arts Kitchen with the theme "Master of Fire, Heat & Grill".
I arrived at the Kitchen at my 9:50 assigned time where, along with 13 other guests, I was greeted by Chef Karlis Celms. The Culinary Arts Kitchen is a full-blown culinary classroom with 16 individual cooking stations where guests can learn the finer points of food preparation, cooking and plating techniques.
Each station has two induction burners, an apron, towel and all required kitchen tools necessary for the tasks at hand.
Chef Celms invites guests to gather 'round the main cooking station at the front of the classroom for him to demonstrate the techniques for each step of the three-course meal preparation.
After each of the Chef's demonstrations, we return to our stations to follow the steps he demonstrated.
Our first task is to grill some vegetables, as well as a piece of Ciabatta bread, so we can make a grilled vegetable and Romanesco bruschetta.
After the final product is plated, then we get to eat!
Our next task is to sear two sea scallops using some Moroccan spice rub.
After the scallops are properly seared per Chef Celms’ instructions, we get to enjoy two delicious (and perfectly cooked, I might add) scallops along with two specially prepared sauces.
Our final test was to grill a piece of flank steak to medium rare.
I enjoyed my final creation served with chimichurri sauce.
The cost for the Culinary Arts Center class was $89 and it takes about two hours. It is a real bargain and one of the most enjoyable things you can do, if you like to cook, or want to learn how.
For this evening's entertainment, we enjoyed an incredible show by singer, Jenene Caramielo. Her vocals are amazing and we are looking forward to hearing her entertain again in two days.
Tomorrow is our third (of four) day at sea on our way to Huerta, Portugal.