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Daniel Bennett | Executive Chef

Happy Guest, Happy Ship - and there is no better way to make people happy than by cooking up a storm in the kitchen with fresh local produce.

Cooking up a storm

Daniel joined Hurtigruten and the team onboard MS Maud in October 2021. Having spent time in a wide range of kitchens, he wanted to experience something new, different, and exciting. The key ingredient of being able to travel to some iconic destinations off the beaten track.

Leading an international team of 32, the galley is one of the busiest parts of the ship. Taking inspiration from where the ship is located, the local produce available, and the culinary skills of his well-experienced team, Daniel can craft the menu accordingly. When the ship turns north back to the Norwegian coast, he can incorporate more rich traditional produce such as reindeer, smoked fish, and fresh berries. Reflecting Hurtigruten's focus on sustainability, Daniel believes that food should not only look and taste great but should also be good for the planet and sustainably sourced. This is why along with his team, he is looking at ways in which he can reduce food waste and reduce food miles.

Having been onboard for over a year now, Daniel has experienced many beautiful destinations around the British Isles and Norway. To date, his most memorable came in Norway when they arrived on a fjord to find it frozen. In true expedition style, the Captain was able to turn MS Maud into an icebreaker and they sailed into the fjord, through all of the ice - creating a memorable experience for the guests and for Daniel to cook within.

Best meal | Sunday Roast

Being onboard an expedition ship, Daniel is able to experience foods from around the world. However, there is nothing better than enjoying a traditional Sunday Roast. But if you think he is going to share his secret for the perfect roast potatoes then, good luck!

Best bit | Everything!

From his team in the galley to the wider crew onboard MS Maud and being able to connect with the guests - Daniel loves it all. It's the best job in the world and he is able to share his passion for food and explore the world whilst doing so.

Life as a chef | Catering for all

As the chef onboard MS Maud, Daniel caters to any and all dietary requirements. He uses these as opportunities to be more creative with the meals he serves and one of the exciting parts of his job. That being said, he does get the occasional odd request from guests and so far he hasn't come across anything that can't be sorted.

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Penguins perched on the ice of Cuverville Island, Antarctica. Credit: Espen Mills / HX Hurtigruten Expeditions

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