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America's Test Kitchen gone?

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was on Rotterdam last fall on a 32 day itinerary, and Maasdam this winter on a 28 day itinerary.  On Rotterdam, the ATK gave demos for the first half of the itinerary, then there were no other food events.  On Maasdam there were no food demos , the Wyjang was used for movies during the day, also for EXC lectures/talks.  And, the sign outside the entrance was gone.  I wouldn't care, was never a fan, but I know other passengers have enjoyed them.  Maybe they are bringing back the "Food & Wine" association?  Hope so.....

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6 minutes ago, BJzink said:

was on Rotterdam last fall on a 32 day itinerary, and Maasdam this winter on a 28 day itinerary.  On Rotterdam, the ATK gave demos for the first half of the itinerary, then there were no other food events.  On Maasdam there were no food demos , the Wyjang was used for movies during the day, also for EXC lectures/talks.  And, the sign outside the entrance was gone.  I wouldn't care, was never a fan, but I know other passengers have enjoyed them.  Maybe they are bringing back the "Food & Wine" association?  Hope so.....

I was on the Eurodam in November and the woman putting on the ATK program said that ATK was no longer going to be on the ships because there were limitations to the number of programs  available and there were beginning to be too many repeats (that was my personal experience.) She said HAL would be changing to their own  programs featuring foods from the ports they were visiting.  She also said they would then use some of the recipes in their dining rooms.  Hope this happens.  

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18 minutes ago, ajcathy said:

I was on the Eurodam in November and the woman putting on the ATK program said that ATK was no longer going to be on the ships because there were limitations to the number of programs  available and there were beginning to be too many repeats (that was my personal experience.) She said HAL would be changing to their own  programs featuring foods from the ports they were visiting.  She also said they would then use some of the recipes in their dining rooms.  Hope this happens.  

Regional cooking would be a welcome change.  Thanks for the info

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55 minutes ago, ajcathy said:

I was on the Eurodam in November and the woman putting on the ATK program said that ATK was no longer going to be on the ships because there were limitations to the number of programs  available and there were beginning to be too many repeats (that was my personal experience.) She said HAL would be changing to their own  programs featuring foods from the ports they were visiting.  She also said they would then use some of the recipes in their dining rooms.  Hope this happens. 

Now I remember that the MDR dinner menus had one entrée each day with the title "Port to Table"

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1 hour ago, ajcathy said:

I was on the Eurodam in November and the woman putting on the ATK program said that ATK was no longer going to be on the ships because there were limitations to the number of programs  available and there were beginning to be too many repeats (that was my personal experience.) She said HAL would be changing to their own  programs featuring foods from the ports they were visiting.  She also said they would then use some of the recipes in their dining rooms.  Hope this happens.  

 

I like the concept that HAL would be featuring foods from the ports in demos and the dining room.

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We are just off the Eurodam.  During a 10 day cruise there were 2 "Port to Table" presentations featuring the cruise director, a pre-recorded video, and one of the ship's chefs.  The recipes featured local ingredients and copies were provided.  While not as informative as the America's Test Kitchen, the talks were enjoyable and relatable.

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2 hours ago, OHCruiser said:

We are just off the Eurodam.  During a 10 day cruise there were 2 "Port to Table" presentations featuring the cruise director, a pre-recorded video, and one of the ship's chefs.  The recipes featured local ingredients and copies were provided.  While not as informative as the America's Test Kitchen, the talks were enjoyable and relatable.

I like the concept - but I don't want to go sit in on a presentation with a pre-recorded video - you miss the personalities and the engagement between the chefs and the audience. Hopefully the transition is just that and the live "local port food" presentations will be featured. 

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We are currently on the Rotterdam.  ATK was discontinued with the first cruise that began after January 1, although they have not gotten around to take the sign down.  Our understanding was this was fleet wide.

 

There were cooking demonstrations by one of the chefs featuring local food.  Since I did not make it to any of them, I don’t know if there was a prerecorded video presentation.

 

We were told they are working in a replacement for ATK, but no details were shared.

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HAL is no longer a sponsor of ATC or Cooks Country.

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22 hours ago, boze9999 said:

I like the concept - but I don't want to go sit in on a presentation with a pre-recorded video - you miss the personalities and the engagement between the chefs and the audience. Hopefully the transition is just that and the live "local port food" presentations will be featured. 

The pre-recorded portions are short and designed to fit in with the script used by the cruise director.  They don't detract from the substance and they allow the chef to complete mundane tasks while the audience is occupied.  It works very well.

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I liked the ATC presentations.  So did a lot of other people.  The presentations were always packed.

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1 hour ago, OHCruiser said:

The pre-recorded portions are short and designed to fit in with the script used by the cruise director.  They don't detract from the substance and they allow the chef to complete mundane tasks while the audience is occupied.  It works very well.

 

Also, every ATK presentation also had a pre-recorded topic that was shown also.....

 

We enjoyed ATK but are more excited about HAL spotlighting it's own chefs and the regional food where we are cruising....Looking forward to this.

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Just got off the Veendam today and there were no ATK presentations or TV showings during the cruise.  They did have one or two 'port' items on the MDR menu most nights.

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Will be on the Veendam next week. I'm disappointed that ATK hasn't been replaced by some other sort of cooking demonstration. 

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