A lovely group of guests says goodbye as we arrive in Juneau, Alaska, all in which, I feel honored to have met and fed (very well at that!). Charles and his father Brian, from the west coast of USA seemed to have had an incredible time reconnecting as they live in different cities. Sharing stories of their adventures as they slurp down spaghetti with extra virgin olive oil, shaved parmesan and slow roasted roma tomato’s all paired with valpolicella wine from Tuscany. Kate, a fellow cook afloat, shares her mornings leaning into the kitchen, admiring my knife skills and absorbing recipes for future conjuration. I really enjoyed her company, always smiling, always listening and always sharing her exceptional personal experience in which I took my turn to listen. Nicholas, from France politely asking for a warm mug of milk to enjoy in his crunchy granola, reminding me of the little prince from a French story in which I am very fond. Our returning guests, John and Mary, a lovely American couple impressing me with their longevity and persistence as they perform dive after dive for 20 days straight!!! Mary had brought her own sheep’s milk yogurt in which I must say I was tempted to scoop from time to time, it just looked soooo creamy!!! John is incredibly knowledgeable as an experienced traveler and adventurist, taking his time to provide humbling information to the listening ears. Joel and Sylvia, a quiet and very sweet couple from France, speaking seldomly but enjoying every moment with their ecstatic eyes and consistent smiles. Ben, from Hong Kong, an inspiring, excitable man with an intense passion for diving, photography and discovery. His camera was similar to a telescope in function, allowing him to take some incredible shots in which I could barley make out with my human eye. All together an unforgettable trip and a forward moving momentum into the wake of what builds/feels to be another.
Chef Tim Kozody