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The Culinary Center

For those enthusiasts seeking enlightenment beyond that found in a library or a lecture, Riviera offers the only custom-designed and truly hands-on cooking school at Sea. At The Culinary Center, you will learn how to prepare a variety of exquisite dishes at your own fully equipped workstation in a state-of-the-art teaching kitchen. Master Chefs from around the world offer guidance and inspiration to fine-tune your techniques, but you will actually prepare the dishes yourself. It’s the ultimate way to learn and truly absorb every step of each recipe, especially since at select ports you may accompany the instructor chefs while shopping for fresh ingredients ashore at local markets on our exclusive Culinary Discovery Tours ™.

Onboard Classes

Beyond Ratatouille
Inspired by Culinary Discovery Tours in Marseille and Nice, this class focuses on the magnificent cuisine of Provence. Learn how to make ratatouille and many other signature dishes of the region. The class highlights favorite dishes of our own Jacques Pépin as well as Guy Gedda, considered the godfather of Provençal cuisine.

French Classics
At the center of the gastronomy sphere, French cooking methods and techniques are the benchmark for culinary standards worldwide. In this class, master several fundamental French techniques and prepare elegant dishes that you can recreate at home.

Friends for Brunch
Brunch is hip again and we have some wonderful recipes with which you can impress your family and friends. Simple yet elegant and flavorful, these recipes are sure to be crowd pleasers. We will also share our favorite cocktails and sparkling libations.

Healthy Greek
The birthplace of modern Mediterranean culinary trends, the island of Crete boasts the healthiest diet in the world. In this class, seasonal ingredients are transformed into fresh, healthy dishes with intense flavor. Have fun learning about the foods and traditions of Greece while mastering cooking techniques and dishes for healthful living.

Italian Family Table
This class celebrates the regional cuisines and specialty dishes of Italy. You will learn techniques and recipes that have been passed down for generations and shared around family tables in the fabulous Italian destinations we visit, including Portofino, Amalfi, Tuscany and Sicily.

Magical Morocco
With a special emphasis on tagine recipes, this class teaches you the basics of Moroccan cooking, one of the most trendy and popular cuisines of the day. You will learn about the spices and ingredients of the Moroccan pantry and how to use them in classic dishes that define this exciting and flavorful cuisine.

Mastering Fish
The focus in this class, one of our most popular, is on the basic techniques of cooking fish. You will practice high-heat and moist-heat methods of fish cookery as well as curing. This technique-based class will give you the confidence to make delicious fish entrées at home.

Mediterranean Summer
Mediterranean cuisine is celebrated the world over for its focus on seasonal produce and local ingredients. This flavorful cuisine combines healthy cooking techniques with quality ingredients to produce fresh and exciting flavors. Learn new ways to use your favorite seasonal produce as you master popular summertime dishes from the Mediterranean culinary treasure chest.

Mexican Fiesta
Prepare authentic Mexican dishes and learn the staples of the healthy and flavorful cuisine of Mexico. Inspired by our favorite chefs from the region, this class focuses on the Mexican pantry of ingredients as well as recipes and cooking techniques. When you complete this class, you will be able to host a fiesta at home, complete with festive cocktails.

Modern Nordic
The fresh, inventive dishes of Nordic restaurants like Noma and Geranium have changed the way the world views Nordic cuisine. Inspired by our Baltic travels, our chefs have developed a class devoted to favorite recipes of the region. From hearty meat dishes to mouthwatering desserts, these recipes are easy to make at home and will be wonderful reminders of your fabulous Baltic cruise.

Most Requested from Canyon Ranch
Working with the culinary team at Canyon Ranch, we bring you the most requested recipes from the world-renowned health resort and creator of the Canyon Ranch SpaClub® on each Oceania Cruises ship. Learn healthy cooking techniques and quick, easy recipes with a focus on fresh ingredients and fantastic flavor.

Oceania Favorites: Red Ginger
For this class we have selected the most requested recipes and chef specials from Red Ginger restaurant, a favorite on board Marina and Riviera. Learn the ingredients that stock an Asian pantry as well as regional cooking techniques. Master delicious dishes you can make at home with ease and confidence.

Paris Bistro by Candlelight
Inspired by our favorite Parisian neighborhood bistros, this class blends a focus on classic French cooking techniques with the preparation of signature dishes of the bistro style. Learn the secrets of this comforting and unpretentious French cooking style that you can use for effortless entertaining - or a romantic candlelit dinner for two - at home.

Pasta from A to Z
Learn how to make fresh pasta from scratch, including techniques for making gnocchi and stuffed pasta. You will master rolling the dough, cutting and cooking it properly, and serving it with the freshest of sauces.

Perfectly Tossed
Our guests love salads and have asked for a class devoted to flavorful and beautifully plated salads. Learn how to make the perfect salad dressings and rethink the basic tossed salad by adding unique and delicious ingredients from around the world

Summer Nights
Relaxed backyard summer meals are a delight to share with family and friends. This class focuses on favorite summer dishes with a twist, to expand your repertoire and excite your palate. From paninis and slider burgers to salads and desserts, you will use ingredients from around the world to add a little zip to your traditional summer favorites.

Tasty Little Treats
Inspired by the miniature dessert and cupcake fad, this class teaches you how to make classic desserts prepared with a fun and creative flair. Using decorative spoons, parfait glasses and tiny plates, you will make whimsical desserts that are miniature masterpieces. Be sure to bring your camera to this class!

Tropical Breezes
Inspired by our winter Caribbean cruises, our chefs have created a sampling of mouthwatering recipes collected from the islands we’ve visited and the local chefs we’ve met. The class will emphasize seasonal ingredients, purchased fresh from markets on the day of the class, and celebrate the vibrant dishes and drinks of the Caribbean islands.

Turkish Arabesque
A wonderful way to learn more about Turkey is to explore its cuisine. In this class you will master the basic ingredients and dishes of the Ottoman Empire and its elaborate palace kitchens that set the bar for culinary excellence in the modern world. After learning to make these popular dishes, you will forever be a fan of Turkish cuisine.

Viva Espana
You will be transported to the tapas bars of Spain as you learn how to host a tapas party, complete with sangria and many delicious, authentic Spanish dishes. Taste an exciting array of tapas developed especially for this class by our chefs who have traveled to San Sebastián, Barcelona and Andalucía.

Worldly Crepes
Inspired by the traditional French crepe, this fun class will teach you to think beyond the classic Crepes Suzette. By incorporating a wide variety of flours and delectable fillings, you will see and taste how the crepe is used in cuisines all over the world.