ATK on Holland America

Holland America Line introduces culinary education offerings in a new relationship with the long-running public television show America's Test Kitchen (ATK).

Debuting in October on the Westerdam, and later rolling out fleet-wide, the Culinary Arts Center on Holland America Line ships is being redone as a replica of the TV show's set. Shipboard chefs are also being trained by America's Test Kitchen culinary experts to host new in-depth cooking demonstrations in the theater, as well as hands-on classes for passengers.

"They really pride themselves as food scientists. The analogy I like to use is theConsumer Reports for food," Holland America Line president Orlando Ashford told USA TODAY. "Our guests will benefit as foodies from the research."

  • Join your America’s Test Kitchen host for any of eight 45-minute cooking shows and four 90-minute hands-on workshops created especially for our guests.
  • Learn new culinary skills and advanced techniques for creating perfect pies and handmade pasta, decorating cakes and whipping up delicious egg dishes.
  • Enhance your culinary knowledge with a cooking demonstration, engaging videos and recipes on everything from chocolate desserts to Asian dumplings.

"It's not just learning a recipe," Ashford said. "The experts have researched what's the best way to make x and done the testing and determined what's the best equipment and put the rigor into it so that the guest can learn to make the best beef stroganoff or whatever the dish is."

Holland America Line passengers will also have 24-hour access to America's Test Kitchen and Cook's Country on their stateroom TVs.

For more than 20 years, America's Test Kitchen has inspired home cooks with their science-based approach to creating delicious, foolproof recipes.