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Rudi Sodamin plays with his food. Holland America celebrates its master chef's 'Food Faces' in a novel way

Rudi Sodamin plays with his food. Holland America celebrates its master chef's 'Food Faces' in a novel way
Chef Rudi Sodamin makes "faces" from the ingredients he uses, then photographs his creations. They're now part of a new book, "Food Faces," which will be celebrated aboard Holland America cruise ships. (Rudi Sodamin)

Chef Rudi Sodamin likes to play with his food, specifically the fresh ingredients he uses in creating his dishes. Sodamin’s 2017 book, “Food Faces,” which features photographs of his unusual portraits made from vegetables, meat, fish and other foods, will be celebrated at his signature restaurants on Holland America Line cruise ships.

Diners at Rudi’s Sel de Mer will be served Mediterranean fare on limited-edition plates that feature “faces” from the book by Sodamin, who is a master chef and culinary consultant for the cruise line.

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Chef Rudi Sodamin, with one of the plates featuring his artwork. Rudi Sodamin

The restaurants will be rolled out across the fleet in May. The pop-up eatery is currently available on the Amsterdam, Eurodam, Nieuw Amsterdam, Oosterdam, Westerdam and Zuiderdam. Dinner costs $49 per person.

Sel de Mer also is a stand-alone restaurant on the Koningsdam and the upcoming Nieuw Statendam, which will launch in December.

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Rudi Sodamin's creations will be featured on plates to be served in his pop-up restaurants aboard Holland America's ships. Rudi Sodamin

The stylized faces created by Sodamin feature purple cabbage hair, carrot noses, cucumber eyes you get the idea. He began to design and photograph the culinary works several years ago, according to a news release.

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Fish Toast, one of the photographed creations by chef Rudi Sodamin. Rudi Sodamin

“Food Faces” is published by Welcome Books and sells for $22 online.

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