Norwegian Cruise Line‘s (NCL) latest EMBARK with NCL episode will feature NCL chefs competing against one another to get their dish on the newly launched Norwegian Prima. “The Great Cruise Cookoff” is hosted by Norwegian Prima Cruise Director Simon Akinwolere and NCL’s Senior Director of Culinary Development and Operations Christian Pratsch.

In this ambitious competition, Corporate Executive Chef Michael Koertgen, Director of Culinary Operations Eric Bilodeau, and Corporate Executive Chef Didier Lailheugue, are given 60 minutes to prepare three incredible dishes using three distinct ingredients. Once the time is up, the chefs will present their plates to be judged and proclaimed the winning chef of the very first Great Cruise Cookoff.

“We have a history of delivering some of the best cuisine at sea. In fact, we are investing heavily in our food and beverage experience so what better way to get the creative juices flowing than a friendly competition amongst our talented chefs. Sommer continued, ‘The Great Cruise Cookoff’ invites viewers into the kitchen and gives them a seat at the table to witness the behind-the-scenes action. I can’t wait for our guests to see, smell and savor the winning dish!”

– Harry Sommer, Norwegian Cruise Line president, and chief executive officer

To watch the next episode of EMBARK with NCL, “The Great Cruise Cookoff,” tune in on Sept. 15, 2022, at 8 p.m. ET at or Facebook.