This evening, we were treated to a six course dinner, paired with wines inspired by the iconic flavors of tropical Polynesia and combined with the finesse and richness of French cuisine. Chef Lallemand, born in France and now living in Tahiti (an overseas collective of France), is on board the MS Amsterdam as “Guest Chef” for for the segment of our cruise from Peru to Tahiti. He has provided cooking demonstrations in the on-board facilities of “America’s Test Kitchen”. He has also created several dishes for special events and wine tastings.
Tahitian food is well known for its exotic fruits, fresh fish and vegetables which are prepared with a strong French influence underlying the Tahitian ingredients. The sauces served in these islands often feature the home grown vanilla beans.
Chef Lallemand came to Tahiti, lured by the island life and the chance to fuse old-world techniques with ultra-fresh fish and quality local produce.
Today, a few of us were able to taste the results of his art.
It was sublime!
Our next port is Papeete, Tahiti. I can’t wait to tell you all about the Food Trucks!!!!