This summer Celebrity Chef Cat Cora will demonstrate how to whip up her favorite dishes as part of Holland America Line’s Culinary Arts Center, presented by Food & Wine magazine. Cora is scheduled to sail on ms Nieuw Amsterdam’s 12-day Mediterranean Empires cruise departing July 2, 2013.

Cora, interestingly, christened Oceania's Riviera in 2012.

In addition to Cora, the lineup for the Culinary Arts Center fleet-wide enrichment program includes other celebrated chefs, cookbook authors and television personalities from the culinary world who sail throughout the year. Also sailing this year are the Food Network’s “Next Food Network Star” finalist Michele Ragussis and Danny Grant, executive chef at the Waldorf Astoria Chicago, who was named one of Food & Wine magazine’s “Best New Chefs of 2012.”

“Holland America Line’s Culinary Arts Center is a highlight of our onboard enrichment program and year after year we strive to bring aboard the most talented and entertaining culinary experts,” said Richard Meadows, executive vice president, marketing, sales and guest programs. “The chance to engage with these masters in their fields and explore new culinary learning opportunities enhances the cruise experience for our guests.”

The Culinary Arts Center presented by Food & Wine magazine enables cruisers aboard the line’s 15 ships to experience cooking shows, wine tastings and question-and-answer sessions in a full show kitchen.

Also offered are hands-on classes conducted by top chefs, wine experts, noted culinary specialists and leading cookbook authors.