AUSTRALIAN chef Mark Best is the latest member of Holland America Line’s Culinary Council. Sydney-based Best, whose Marque is widely regarded as one of the country’s finest and features in the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list, joins the cruise line’s master chef and council chairman Rudi Sodamin; Americans David Burke and Elizabeth Falkner; Dutchman Jonnie Boer; and French-born pastry chef Jacques Torres in shaping the gastronomic direction of HAL’s 15-strong fleet. He will also advise on the calendar of events in the group’s Culinary Arts Centre Centre, an onboard show kitchen that features cooking demonstrations and classes by international guest chefs and culinary experts. Best is known for his innovative creations and will bring signature dishes to HAL’s menus such as smoked eel with parmesan gnocchi and pumpkin; bass grouper with fish milk, green tomato and potato pepper; and a dessert of mango mustard and coconut. More: hollandamerica.com.au.