Prior to getting on the ship, our friends Steve and Kim had sold me on the idea of Chef's Table, not for myself but for Latanya. (my partner). I am not a foodie and have a sensitive tummy when it comes to interesting foods. Also, I don't drink alcohol.
Chef's Table is something you can add on for $75 per person. You'll see all of the courses that are currently included below (and pictured). Also included is bread, wine, champagne, sparkling water and apple cider.
I'll note now incase I forget that they went somewhere special to bring me sodas and included them since I don't drink alcohol (I didn't ask - they offered!)
I didn't tell Latanya about Chef's Table because it was a surprise gift for her. Unfortunately, they put a letter in our room about it on Day 1 and when we walked into the room, she got to it before I did. She was very surprised and I spent a couple hours ticked off that she knew already. But I soon got over it.
(If you're doing Chef's Table as a surprise for someone, make sure you get in the stateroom quick and get the letter and hide it!)
Okay, so day 4, December 13th... we head to the Song Lounge where we meet up with Steven and Kim and a couple other people from our roll call as well as another 2 couples that we didn't know.
They sit everyone in a round robin kind of format, encouraging you to interact and get to know one another. The host introduces Chef Trevor Fernandes to us and he explains that our first few items will be served to us here.
I prayed that nothing RAW would be on the menu because I cringe at the thought of eating RAW food.
The first dish comes out and it's Ahi Tuna Tartar with a Wasabi Crisp
I didn't want to be rude and disrespect the Chef.... so I decided to try it. It wasn't my favorite, but it was edible. I actually didn't mind it. Latanya gobbled hers up. She absolutely loved it. It wasn't very "fishy". :-)
The next dish that was brought out to us was a Steak Taco. ABSOLUTELY DEVINE!! YUM!!
The Steak Taco was followed by a Duck Potsticker. I LOVE potstickers and this particular one was finger lickin' good. Yes, I understand we're eating upscale food and I am using words like finger lickin' good. Deal with it. :-P
The potsticker was followed by HANDS DOWN, the BEST Dessert I have ever had on a ship and up there with the best I've ever had in my life! - Avacado Cheesecake! This dessert was delicious and simple yet complex in flavors. It was so light and creamy and just absolutely delicious. I'd die if I had the recipe!
Carnival Fascination - June 7th, 2002
RCL - Soverign of the Seas - Sept. 29th, 2002
Carnival Imagination - Sept. 12th, 2005
RCL - Mariner of the Seas - Apr. 30th, 2006
Carnival Holiday - Dec. 4th, 2006
Carnival Miracle - Nov. 19th, 2010
Carnival Dream - December 10th, 2011
Carnival Breeze - First full U.S> Inaugural on Nov. 24th, 2012
((Too many other cruises to name/ remember!)
My review of the Carnival Dream - (FINALLY FINISHED!!) http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1535997
My review of the Chef's Table on the Dream (also in my Dream review)