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Karl-Gösta Ekblad
”Kalle Tårta”

Baker, Pastry chef, Cold-buffet manager, Confectioner

MS Kungsholm 1970-73

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Karl-Gösta Ekblad
Kalle Tårta

My name is Karl-Gösta Ekblad, and during the Kungsholm years I got the nickname Kalle Tårta [literally “Charlie Cake” in English] from my workmate Janne Hahne who was a confectioner at that time. Everyone onboard knew me as Kalle Tårta, and nothing else. Still to this day I keep using the name Kalle Tårta, e.g. in my email address.

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Many thanks to Hasse Gustafsson and Tommy Stark
for contributing this story.

At Söderström’s Confectionery (founded 1934) in Lidköping Kalle Tårta learned the fine craft of pastry making,  awarding him a journeyman’s certificate as a Confectioner after 3.5 years of dedicated practice and training.


Kalle Tårta started on the Kungsholm as a restaurant confectioner. Here he is creating some fine pastry in the C-deck bakery 1973. Photo: Olle Bertilsson.


Kalle Tårta and assistant confectioner Olle Bertilsson taking a break and a beer in the bakery after completing a day’s shift . Photo: Olle Bertilsson.

A lot of the fine pastry onboard was made in the bakery on C-deck before going up to the confectionery located on the port side of the main kitchen area, just forward of the main dining room on A-deck. From the left: Second confectioner Kurt, Assistant confectioner Olle Bertilsson and Confectioner Kalle Tårta. Photo: Olle Bertilsson.



The cold buffet kitchen on A-deck where Kalle Tårta served as an assistant for some time. On display we see a special tray of delicacies ready for a cruise farewell dinner and an unidentified crew member. Photo: Olle Bertilsson. ​

Another beer and a bite in the C-deck bakery. Kalle Tårta and Freddy Mair.
Photo: Olle Bertilsson.

The Kungsholm soccer team somewhere across the oceans. Standing 2:nd from the left Karl-Heinz Miculca and 6:th Leif Börjesson, Kalle Tårta sitting to the far right.


The Kungsholm soccer team won the World Cup as well as the Atlantic Cup. Kalle Tårta standing 2:nd from the right. Photo: Karl-Gösta Ekblad.


The soccer team is taking a break during a training session, somewhere in the world. Kalle Tårta to the right, and the ship’s printer Sten Granberg to the far left. 
Photo: Karl-Gösta Ekblad.



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