(5:30 p.m. EST) – Holland America Line has added another award-winning chef, Seattle-based Edouardo Jordan, to its Culinary Council.
Chef Jordan, who specializes in "food with roots," will create dishes for the menus in the cruise line's main dining room and the Lido Market buffet.
Sample offerings, drawn from his signature restaurant JuneBaby, include macaroni and cheese with Newsom's ham; collard greens and ham hocks; smothered fried chicken wings; Momma Jordan's oxtails with mustard greens; chicken jambalaya; and an Alaska seafood gumbo.
Jordan currently has three restaurants in the hot Seattle dining market: Salare, JuneBaby and Lucinda Grain Bar. Salare was listed as a Best New Restaurant in America by Eater in 2016, while JuneBaby received the top James Beard Award for Best New Restaurant in 2018, as well as making "Food & Wine" magazine's Best New Restaurant in America list.
Jordan's personal honors include a nomination for a James Beard Award in 2016, becoming a James Beard Award finalist in 2017 and receiving the 2018 James Beard Award for Best Chef Northwest. He also was named one of "Food & Wine" magazine's Best New Chefs in 2016.
Holland America Line made the announcement at a late afternoon event in New York City today, at Wolf -- a restaurant from another Culinary Council chef, Ethan Stowell. Journalists were able to sample different dishes from Jordan, as well as Stowell and Kristen Kish, a "Top Chef" winner who is also on the Council.
Holland America president Orlando Ashford praised Jordan for bringing "southern swag" and a "gourmet comfort-food experience" to the line.
"Comfort food dishes are nostalgic and create warm memories and an emotional connection to a meal, and Edouardo will bring our guests familiar favorites, but with flavors that are new and exciting," he said. "On top of being a fantastic chef, he's genuinely a great person who will be a perfect addition to our Culinary Council."
Holland America's Culinary Council is overseen by Master Chef, Rudi Sodamin, and is made up of Dutch chef Jonnie Boer, famed American chef David Burke, sushi guru Andy Matsuda and master chocolatier Jaques Torres, as well as Kish, Stowell and now Jordan.
The line won a Cruise Critic Editors' Pick Award for Best Dining in 2019, in part because of the Council. What's exciting about the Council's evolution is that it has been constantly updating with new chefs that have been making a splash nationally; there's also been a trend toward more diverse flavors and offerings than the line had in the past.