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Has anyone experienced Chefs table dining on the Pride? Please critique.
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Never heard of it. I did a search in the Carnival website and it revealed nothing on the subject.

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The Chefs Table is a new feature for Carnival. We have reservations on Conquest for our Nov cruise. Chef’s Table - $75 FEE (including wine and gratuity) This unique culinary experience is now available for groups of 12 guests. It includes cocktails and hors d’ouevres as well as a personalized tour of the galley in operation, followed by a multi-course full-service dinner created by our master chefs – all hosted by the ship’s chef de cuisine. The dinner takes place in non-traditional dining venues – such as the galley, library and conference centre -- which will vary by ship. Reservations can be made onboard through the Guest Services desk and the fee is $75 per person (including wine and gratuity.)


The Chef’s Table is already available on Carnival Dream, Liberty, Pride, Ecstasy, Sensation, Imagination, Fascination and Inspiration! This list is increasing each month.
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I am booked on the Liberty very soon. I might just check it out. Thanks. There was nothing on the website about it.

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I hope you get to go. If so post how it was as our is not unitl Nov. If you have a PVP you can contact you might want to try it as they only tka e 12 people. Most ships have the cHEF'S Dinner 2 time on a 7 night cruise. Nancy
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Dw and I experienced the Chef's Table on our recent cruise on the Liberty. We both agreed that it was the best meal that we have ever experienced. Give yourself a treat and book this ASAP. I wrote all about it upon my return. Perhaps the search option will allow you to read my report.
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By_ the_board, here is your post of the chefs table...







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A new dining concept that I discovered on the Liberty is the Chef's Table. For $75 @ you receive the best prepared meal that you have ever had (it was for my DW and I). The executive chef for the Liberty, Andrew and chef Mathew (not sure of his official title ) along with several sous chef's and servers presented dinner to 10 lucky fellow cruisers. There was as many staff as there were dinners. The meal started in the galley where we toured and drank champagne. We were then presented several Hors d'oeuvers that were definitely not on the MDR menu. Then we walked to our private dinning area where we were served unlimited wine and the best dinner ever. The Chef's explained what we were eating and how it was prepared. They answered any and all questions. I can't imagine what a private dinner with all the staff, the food and the wine would have cost in the non-cruise world. We felt that we had received a value greater than what we paid for. Good job Carnival!

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Thanks...I also listed the menu...somewhere.
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Here it is......

Chef's Table Dinner May 6, 2010 Carnival Liberty

Norwegian Salmon Tartar

Fire Roasted Tomato and Poblano Chili Bisque

Rock Shrimps and Apple Beignet's

Chopped Mediterranean Salad

Fillet of Chilean Sea Bass

Aged Filet Mignon

Several Desserts including the warm melting cake which we watched Chef Andrew make in the galley and a birthday cake made for one of the dinners

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We are booked for it on the Pride at the end of Sept. Always have to try something new. It is alittle pricy.
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I wasn't empressed the food was good and but the price included wine and I don't drink it. They guy was pushing wine us us, you can't eat x without a sip of wine. What are they promoting drinking now? I don't drink and if I was to start drinking it wouldn't be wine. Basically it wasn't bad but hardly worth $75.00 plus what you already paid for dinner. They expect a tip on top of the $75 too - only one person didn't tip extra so it's closer to $100 for dinner each.
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Too bad - the right wine can make a good meal great.
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Chef's Tables are all the rage in upper end restaurants on land, so not surprising to find it floated it out at sea.

Frankly, with the high price it has little appeal to me.
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I've eaten and prepared too many meals inside restaurant kitchens to be impressed with this concept. Does it mean I wouldn't do it? Not necessarily. I have done a chef's table (inside the kitchen) at a couple of restaurants and I much prefer eating in the dining room.

As a chef, cook or other kitchen person, I wouldn't want customers sitting and watching, and especially listening, to everyone working. I haven't seen too many kitchens where the dialog wasn't rated R.

I do see that Carnival does not have a table "inside" the galley. This could be a good thing.

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Okay Mike now you made me want to do it ever more. I love R rated dialog. I haven't been a chef or worked in a kitchen so I think it would be interesting.
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The table we dined at on the Dream WAS in the galley. It was a bit noisey but no R rated language. It was impressive just to see people doing what they do best and working so very hard to feed the masses.
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