Holland America Line announces new culinary partnership with America's Test Kitchen during an event at the Institute of Culinary Education on Tuesday, September 20, 2016 in New York. (Photo by Adam Hunger)

After launching a partnership with America’s Test Kitchen TV show, Holland America Line will soon bring new dynamic cooking shows on board ms Westerdam for the ship’s Mexico season from October 18 and ms Nieuw Amsterdam for their Caribbean season from November 13. The program is expected to roll out fleetwide by June 2017.

Designed specifically for Holland America Line, the shipboard shows will be hosted by Holland America Line chefs, trained by America’s Test Kitchen culinary experts. Shipboard cooking demonstrations and hands-on workshops, with topics ranging from shaping Asian dumplings to making the perfect pie crust, will combine foolproof, accessible recipes and cooking techniques that are rooted in the rigorous testing and science based approach of America’s Test Kitchen.


The shipboard Culinary Arts Center will be transformed to replicate the television set where the prominent America’s Test Kitchen TV shows are recorded for broadcast by more than 350 public television stations across the United States. Holland America Line is a sponsor of America’s Test Kitchen and is proud to make this experience possible at sea.

In addition, passengers will experience 24-hour access to episodes of America’s Test Kitchen and Cook’s Country television programs in their staterooms.

The planned 45 minute demo courses will feature a mix of video content, live instruction, taste tests and recipe samples. Some of the courses in development include Asian Dumplings, Salad for Two, We Love Chocolate, Everything Salmon, Flavors of the Mediterranean, Meatless Monday Meals and New Italian Favorites. Also planned are 90 minute workshops that focus on teaching a specific skill set. Proposed workshops include Perfect Pies and Handmade Pasta.

m/s Westerdam - Holland America Line

m/s Westerdam – Holland America Line

“This is an incredible opportunity for fans of America’s Test Kitchen, and food lovers in general, to immerse themselves in the Test Kitchen experience,” said David Nussbaum, CEO of America’s Test Kitchen. “The classes on board Holland America Line ships will feature our famous foolproof recipes designed to be repeated and enjoyed long after the voyage has ended. We are excited that Holland America Line is helping America’s Test Kitchen reach more enthusiastic home cooks through this onboard experience.”

America’s Test Kitchen has earned the respect of the publishing world, the culinary world and millions of home cooks who trust its experts for tried and true advice on recipes, supermarket ingredients and cookware. Similarly, the new Holland America Line shipboard shows will present a combination of well tested recipes using consumer available ingredients with kitchen tips and advice on the brands of cookware, utensils and appliances America’s Test Kitchen’s experts have tried and recommend.

America’s Test Kitchen is a fully equipped test kitchen located in Brookline, Massachusetts. A team of more than 50 highly qualified test cooks perform thousands of tests every year. Their goal is to develop the best recipes and cooking techniques, to review and rate the best cookware and equipment and to taste test and recommend brand name supermarket ingredients for the home cook. Recipes are tested 30, 40 and sometimes as many as 70 times to arrive at the combination of ingredients, technique, temperature, cooking time and equipment that yields the best, most foolproof recipe.

Sandra Tiltman


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