The Miele Culinary School on board the Europa 2 complements the wide range of cuisine offered by the seven different restaurants on this luxury cruise ship. In cooking classes where entertainment is all part of the learning, guests will not only learn about the cuisine, but also be taught how to conjure up these delicious works of art themselves and present them on the table with a creative flair. On special “Connoisseurs of Cuisine” cruises, internationally-renowned gourmet experts such as the Michelin-starred chef de cuisine at A-ROSA resorts, Sarah Henke, and Wolfgang Otto of the Otto Gourmet mail order company, are offering workshops in the Culinary School.

Those who get the urge to try out their own culinary skills during their cruise on the Europa 2 can attend a cooking class in the Culinary School on Deck 9. Under the direction of experienced chefs de cuisine, participants learn how to prepare a multi-course menu corresponding to the cuisine of the region on their cruise itinerary. Themed cooking classes are also held, focusing on foods such as sushi, truffles, or foie gras.

Designed for groups of up to eight people, the cooking classes are held during the morning on all cruises, and can be booked as an alternative to shore excursions. Participation costs EUR 80 per person and includes wines, a chef’s apron and recipes.

An example of a cooking class that takes place during the Mediterranean cruises is based on the theme “Foray into the Mediterranean.” During the approximately 4-hour course, guests learn how to prepare a cold tomato and pepper gazpacho, freshly caught turbot with basil risotto, plus a saffron sauce and various oils. Once the menu is ready, the cooks gather around the table to sample their cuisine, accompanied by the appropriate wines.

Children’s pizza baking sessions on Designated Family Cruises:

During each family cruise, several children can gather around the oven for the ever-popular pizza-baking session. All of the children help to prepare their own pizza and then afterwards sit down together to enjoy it.

Culinary Workshops with Gourmet Experts:

During selected “Connoisseurs of Cuisine” cruises, guests have the opportunity to take part in workshops led by gourmet experts, where they are given first-hand tips. Sarah Henke, the Michelin-starred chef de cuisine at “Spices” restaurant in the A-ROSA resort on the German Island of Sylt is a specialist in the supreme art of sushi preparation, and will pass on her skills to guests. On the cruise from Dubai to Dubai in April 2014, the Culinary School will be transformed into the Otto Gourmet “Perfect Meat Academy.” Under the direction of Wolfgang Otto, guests will learn all about sourcing out the best meats.

Example cruise:

“Connoisseurs of Cuisine” cruise with Otto Gourmet, from Dubai via Khasab, Muscat, Mina Sulman, Doha and Abu Dhabi back to Dubai, April 19–27 2014 (8 days), from $4,370 per person, cruise only.