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Behind the Scenes: The Carnival Chef’s Table

One of the most exciting parts of my Carnival cruise last October was getting to meet the chefs & go behind the scenes to the kitchen galley! The crew on the Carnival Conquest went out of their way to make sure the guests had the most fantastic culinary experiences, no matter what dining areas we were in. And the chefs I met had astounding credentials (years of experience, culinary schools, etc.). So, how did I get behind the scenes? I paid extra for the Chef’s Table dinner. It was sooooo worth it foodies! This experience came highly recommended, so I knew I had to splurge. Behind the Scenes: The Carnival Chef’s Table | MarlaMeridith.com #travel #carnivalpartner We spent about an hour in the galley, sipping champagne & enjoying carefully styled & elegantly flavored appetizers. This sushi presentation was amazing! As was the pastry… Behind the Scenes: The Carnival Chef’s Table | MarlaMeridith.com #travel #carnivalpartner Behind the Scenes: The Carnival Chef’s Table | MarlaMeridith.com #travel #carnivalpartner On the galley tour we met the Chef de Cuisine, Biju Jacob…He told us stories about his culinary training, also the ins & outs of ordering food for a cruise ship. The quantities of the food they bring on board are beyond belief! Behind the Scenes: The Carnival Chef’s Table | MarlaMeridith.com #travel #carnivalpartner Behind the Scenes: The Carnival Chef’s Table | MarlaMeridith.com #travel #carnivalpartnerAnd the Pastry Chef, Ramesh… Behind the Scenes: The Carnival Chef’s Table | MarlaMeridith.com #travel #carnivalpartner And of course the lovely kitchen staff… Behind the Scenes: The Carnival Chef’s Table | MarlaMeridith.com #travel #carnivalpartner Behind the Scenes: The Carnival Chef’s Table | MarlaMeridith.com #travel #carnivalpartner All of the food presentations were gorgeous & super tasty too! The staffers had big smiles & were super friendly. Every course served up with lots of entertaining foodie stories…Inspirations behind the recipes, etc. It was fun to speak with the chefs about their culinary educations. These folks are super well trained & happy to share the inside scoop! A very personable bunch. We were even got to dabble in some cooking…..sooooo fun! Behind the Scenes: The Carnival Chef’s Table | MarlaMeridith.com #travel #carnivalpartner After the fun kitchen tour we sat down to a lovely meal with many courses. The Chef’s Tasting dinner seats 12 guests. It was a fun & lovely bunch! These popovers were amazing… Mini Popovers...yes please! Behind the Scenes: The Carnival Chef’s Table | MarlaMeridith.com #travel #carnivalpartner Behind the Scenes: The Carnival Chef’s Table | MarlaMeridith.com #travel #carnivalpartner As were all the smaller bites… Behind the Scenes: The Carnival Chef’s Table | MarlaMeridith.com #travel #carnivalpartner Isn’t this beet soup gorgeous? With little vegetable terrines…. Behind the Scenes: The Carnival Chef’s Table | MarlaMeridith.com #travel #carnivalpartner Which led up to the larger courses… Behind the Scenes: The Carnival Chef’s Table | MarlaMeridith.com #travel #carnivalpartner And of course dessert! A guest was celebrating a birthday so we indulged in a delicious chocolate cake… Decadent Chocolate Cake ~ Behind the Scenes: The Carnival Chef’s Table | MarlaMeridith.com #travel #carnivalpartner Banana Cream Pie.....blissful! Behind the Scenes: The Carnival Chef’s Table | MarlaMeridith.com #travel #carnivalpartner Another dinner I paid extra for was the The Point Steakhouse. I did not go into the kitchen for that meal. But the experience was amazing & super memorable. I suggest you try it too if you cruise. Behind the Scenes: The Carnival Chef’s Table | MarlaMeridith.com #travel #carnivalpartner This tomato salad appetizer was super fresh & gorgeous! So tasty! Fresh Tomato & Goat Cheese Salad ~ Behind the Scenes: The Carnival Chef’s Table | MarlaMeridith.com #travel #carnivalpartner My filet mignon was prepared to perfection… Perfectly cooked Filet Mignon, nothing like it! Behind the Scenes: The Carnival Chef’s Table | MarlaMeridith.com #travel #carnivalpartner And the wine list well represented all regions & varietals. The sommelier was excellent with her recommendations. Behind the Scenes: The Carnival Chef’s Table | MarlaMeridith.com #travel #carnivalpartner Behind the Scenes: The Carnival Chef’s Table | MarlaMeridith.com #travel #carnivalpartner All of my culinary experiences on board the ship were tasty & memorable. From Guy Fieri’s Burger Joint to the fine dining to the 24 hour pizza! And all served with smiles. Hope you enjoyed the behind the scenes tour! This post was created as part of my collaboration with Carnival. As always, all of the opinions, thoughts, and ideas in this post are my own. ]]>

~ Marla Meridith

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