Epicurious: Kids’ Cuisine

Kids’ Cuisine

By Janice Wald Henderson

’Tis the season to eat well, which, of course, makes you feel jolly. Children, especially, do jolly well. They’re amped up on holiday festivities, the lure of presents, and, of course, sugar. After all, this is the time of year we let them indulge. Probably because we’re busy indulging ourselves. Join me in a virgin-eggnog toast to the cruise lines that fulfill kid and teen foodie fantasies — and adults’ cravings, too.

Cookie Monsters

Kids get down and, no doubt, dirty decorating gingerbread cookies on Disney Cruise Line. On Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection, they bake not only gingerbread cookies, but also Christmas cookies tailored to the sailing region, such as Austrian vanillekipferl (powdered sugar-dusted butter cookies) on Danube River cruises. Tots on Celebrity Cruises get imaginative decorating cookies and cupcakes, while Royal Caribbean International has entire families rolling up their sleeves for sweet holiday fun.

Rocking the Rolls

These days, sophisticated kids eat sushi as often as pizza. On Crystal Cruises, sushi-making classes for teens are wildly popular. Their instructor is trained by chefs from Silk Road and Sushi Bar, the onboard restaurant affiliated with superstar chef Nobu Matsuhisa, of Nobu restaurants worldwide. So yes, they’ll rock those rolls — and will probably Instagram them, too.

Take the Cake

Princess Cruises turns youngsters into mini pastry chefs. Kids tour the galley and then don aprons and tiny toques as part of the line’s Jr.CHEF@sea hands-on classes. Each works with the ship’s pastry chef to frost and decorate a cake, and a certificate of achievement is awarded…

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