Local husband and wife chefs, Neil and Erika Cline have been invited aboard a cruise ship to cook for guests for a week.
The power couple will be showcasing BVI cuisine aboard Holland America’s MS Prinsendam from March 16 to 24.
While sailing with the cruise line, the husband and wife duo will also be hosting hands-on cooking classes and producing a five-course menu that will be served at the ship’s Pinnacle Restaurant.
The Clines will showcase local dishes such as scallion saltfish fritters, brown sugar braised pigtails with scotch bonnet mango chutney, coconut-laced red peas soup, and thyme-scented roasted conch.
Skill, charity, experience
The cruise line selected the Clines as guest chefs because their skill in the kitchen, their charitable donations in culinary arts, and their combined experience of more than 50 years, said a media release from a boastful BVI Tourist Board this week.
“I am very pleased to have this opportunity to showcase BVI cuisine, history, and culture to discerning cruise visitors,” Neil said.
“I consider this an opportune time, with the rebuilding of the territory, to show that we are not only a destination for the traditional sea, sand and sun vacations, but we are a great destination for experiencing unique, authentic cuisine and heritage,” he said.
“Because of our great cultural mix, our cuisine is even more impressive and versatile and is as favoured and well-received as any other,” added Neil who is also a culinary educator and businessman in the British Virgin Islands.
He owns and operates De Loose Mongoose Restaurant on Beef island while his wife Erika owns Bleu Chocolat, a pastry store in Road Town.
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