“Bravo Chef: The Show,” Costa Cruises’ new culinary experience starring its onboard executive chefs, made its debut on the Costa Pacifica last month and will gradually roll out to seven more Costa ships—the Costa Deliziosa, Costa Diadema, Costa Fascinosa, Costa Favolosa, Costa Luminosa, Costa Magica and Costa Mediterranea.
Made to resemble an actual TV show, “Bravo Chef: The Show” is hosted by the ship’s cruise director in a show kitchen set created on the main theater stage complete with large screens for guests to see all of the cooking action. During the demonstration, guests will learn how to prepare some of the traditional recipes served throughout Costa’s fleet, in addition to watching the chef’s make international dishes from several of the destinations on the itineraries. Featured dishes include spaghetti with anchovies and breadcrumbs from Sicily, veal saltimbocca alla romana (veal, prosciutto and sage rolled up and cooked in dry white wine and butter) from Rome and French bouillabaisse, just to name a few.
In addition to demonstrating how to prepare the dishes, “Bravo Chef: The Show” also provides useful tips on how to serve a perfect dinner. The ship’s maitre d’ will explain the correct selection and positioning of dishes, cutlery and glasses, while the sommelier will suggest complementary wines to serve with each recipe. Each “Bravo Chef: The Show” will end with a contest, where the first guest to give the correct answer via a remote-control button will win dinner for two at the Club Restaurant.
Costa is also featuring a “Bravo Chef: The Battle” version, where guests will compete in a real-time cooking challenge to earn the title of Bravo Chef for a Day. The cruise director will host the competition poolside and the winner will receive dinner for two at the Club Restaurant or at Burger d’Autore for preparing the best dish using surprise ingredients contained in special mystery boxes. For more information, call (800) 247-7320 or visit costacruise.com.