Reaching Culinary Heights

Of all the things a traveller looks forward to between his flight from home to his business destination, airline food usually doesn’t make the list. But airline food need not always be an experience you’d sooner forget.

Some of the major airlines haves gone to great lengths to bring some excitement to the plate and have whipped up in-flight food menus that compares to a high class restaurant dining experience.

Tuck In

Created by some of the leading chefs, the in-flight menu is tailor made to incorporate the local cuisine consisting the freshest of ingredients and the best of flavours.

BA’s Club World’s (business class) menu, inspired by some of the top chefs of the world, offers contemporary as well as classic dishes made from local and international produce. Club Kitchen offers passengers the best of old and new world wines to complement the meal along with snacks like fresh wraps, salads; and hot dishes like chicken tikka masala and soups. Now the menu also focuses on umami-rich flavours after star chef Heston Blumenthal was asked to devise the “ultimate” in-flight meal for the airline.

Those travelling Economy (World Traveller cabins) need not be dissapointed as BA offers tuck boxes to passangers feeling peckish. Tuck boxes are a snack service offered on flights over eight and a-half hours. Passengers can choose from sweet or savoury dishes from open tuck boxes in the galley.

Restaurant in the sky

Estonian Air started the concept of Sky Restaurant from September 1, 2011. To be continued over the next 12 months, Estonian Air aims to introduce high levels of Estonian restaurant experience for both, guests visiting Estonia as well as Estonians. The Airline hopes to provide passengers with new taste experiences every month and enrich Estonian Air’s onboard meals and introduce different approaches of local chefs in food making in terms of tastes and usage of local raw materials.

According to reports, Premium class passengers on board Estonian Air flight on Tallinn-Paris-Tallinn route were served with the menu prepared by chefs of restaurant Dominic and served personally by the Chef de Cuisine Allar Oeselg.

“The gourmet flight together with the Chef on board has become a real gastronomic event, which have got very good feedback from our customers. On the flight Chef de Cuisine Allar Oeselg presented his concept and interesting nuances about food,“ said Gunnar Mägi, the marketing and Development Director of Estonian Air in the report.

As You Like It

With a star chef like Neil Perry designing the menu, you can only expect the best. Those travelling international Economy can pick from a variety of healthy dining options, presented on stylish Marc Newson-designed tableware. All diners are offered an individual bottle of premium Australian wine to accompany their cuisine. On the A380 self-service snack bars are located throughout the cabin, so you can help yourself to a snack or drink whenever you like.

Business Class travellers have reasons to cheer as they can go for room service-style breakfast or ‘express meal’ to a multi-course restaurant-style dinner. With a strong emphasis on healthy menus made from fresh ingredients, our International Business menu is all about you. You can select the option to ‘dine later’ option as well. Celebrate the 15th anniversary of Neil Perry on Qantas with a special menu in International Business featuring the most popular dishes over the last 15 years. View sample International Business menu.

Five Star Service

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, plans to transform in-flight dining this year, with the introduction of qualified international Chefs dedicated to food service excellence in its Diamond First class cabins.

The Chief Executive Officer of Etihad, James Hogan, said the introduction of this special new position on board Etihad flights represented a major departure from traditional in-flight service and would cement Etihad’s position as one of the world’s most innovative airlines. “This development will enable us to offer a five-star restaurant style of service in the sky, with our First class guests receiving unparalleled attention and choice – for example, the opportunity of having their personal Chef tailor make dishes based on their particular tastes and preferences.”’

“The introduction of our Food and Beverage Managers, recruited globally from hotels and restaurants, serves as an example of this, as does the introduction of our Inspired Service concept across all aircraft cabins. We will, however, continue to push the boundaries so that we continue to impress and surprise our guests. The introduction of highly skilled Chefs will enable us to make a dramatic shift in the way we serve our guests,” Hogan added

In addition to this onboard role, chefs will contribute to menu development for both lounges and flights in order to orchestrate a more consistent culinary experience for our guests, whether on ground or in air. Etihad is reportedly recruiting 100 Chefs this year, and has already started looking for fully qualified professionals with formal culinary training and experience in esteemed hotels, restaurants and culinary institutions from around the world. The carrier says the service will be fully available at the front of the cabin by the year-end.

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