Chef Rudi Scholdis to Be Special Guest on Atlas Ocean Voyages

Atlas Ocean Voyages has announced that Chef Rudi Scholdis will be a featured “Gastronomic Guest” on select “Epicurean Expeditions” this spring and in late summer.

Depending on the expedition selected, "Gastronomic Guests" will include locals to provide insights into regional delicacies and culinary stars that specialize in Continental cuisine. Guest chefs will also accompany complimentary culinary-focused Cultural Immersion tours. Scholdis will be on Atlas’ World Traveller from April 15 to May 31 and from July 15 to August 15. He will also be aboard sister-ship World Navigator in September and October.

Scholdis has cooked alongside culinary stars, including Alain Ducasse and Charlie Trotter, and learned from his lifelong mentors Willy Elsner and Anton Mosimann. The celebrity chef owns two gourmet restaurants in Chile: Amandine Bistro et Vins in Santiago; and Casa de Amalia, which opened last year in the Maule wine-producing region. Prior to that, he was affiliated with luxury cruise lines for more than 17 years.

The Belgian-born Scholdis has a history of cooking at Michelin-starred venues in Europe. As head chef at The Dorchester, London, he oversaw 140 chefs, 10 banquet venues and five food outlets, including the Oriental Restaurant. Chef Scholdis began his career at the Grand-Hotel du Cap-Ferrat, a three-Michelin-star hotel and restaurant on the Côte d’Azur. From France, he went to work at Badrutt’s Palace Hotel, the five-star celebrity retreat set 6,000 feet up in the Swiss Alps.

Atlas’ new “Epicurean Expeditions” run from April through October 2023. Travelers can immerse themselves in the gastronomy of European ports on culinary shore excursions and learn from guest chefs and sommeliers onboard.

Good to know: For a limited time, guests will receive two free culinary or wine-themed shore excursions on expeditions departing April 15, April 22 and April 29. Depending on the itinerary, they might discover the history of Portugal’s pastel de nata pastry, savor Madeira at a wine tasting in Madeira or sample local vintages at a popular cellar near the San Antonio Volcano.

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