91. The Gala Buffet
I’d bet that most of us think of food as something we eat for nutrition, that pleases the palate, and is best when it also pleases the tummy. Food on board cruise ships gave us another perspective — food prepared to have visual impact, and not just the presentation on the plate. I think the chefs liked an opportunity to show off their culinary skills!
Take a look at the Gala Buffet! We were told that the midnight Gala Buffet would be prepared for photographing at 11:00 pm. Bring your camera, BUT DO NOT EAT ANYTHING until seating begins at midnight!
We were first given a tour of the galley, and watched the sculptor chef starting on an ice carving. The ice carving turned out to be a large sea monster, the first thing we saw at the buffet, along with the good ship melon.
Yes, I think the bowsprit on the melon boat is a potato.
Further down the buffet was a seafood fish, with scallops as scales, and shrimp fins on top. The orange fruit cups are, in fact, oranges.
At the end of the line, if one is not impossibly full — dessert! Whew!
The master chef who spearheaded the amazing displays, also gave demonstrations to teach vegetable carving.
I think it would take great skill, and a lot of time, to make such beautiful fruit and vegetable displays! It was fun to see, and marvel at their creative skills.