All of us have a stereotypical view on how flight food is aromaless, flavorless, and not aesthetic. These are some airlines that are breaking the stereotypical idea and providing the best food made by Michelin star chefs and have a wide range of dishes to choose from. They have onboard chefs that not only cook a meal for the passenger but create an experience in the height of 30,000ft.
Here Are The Airlines That You Will Love
Austrian Airlines is known to serve the best airline food and has its meal service down to an art. First, the food comes from DO & CO. DO & CO Aktiengesellschaft is an Austrian catering company, which caters to upscale restaurants, cafés, airlines and trains. They hire the best sommeliers onboard to pair the food with wine for their Business Class passengers. And they have 11 different types of Austrian Meinl coffee. Which adds to making them one of the best flight food providers.
Taiwan-based EVA Air has one of the best Food services in the world. It had an extensive menu for reordering meals and vintage Champagne. EVA Air collaborates with famous chefs for its onboard menus, such as Tan-style cuisine master chef Huang Ching-biao and Michelin three-starred Kyoto chef Motokazu Nakamura. They serve the lightest, healthful dishes that have exotic flavors.
Singapore Airlines culinary reputation is guaranteed by its collaboration with world-acclaimed chefs who own Michelin-starred restaurants, like Singaporean culinary maestro Sam Leong, Suzanne Goin of Los Angeles’ Lucques, Carlo Cracco of the Michelin two-star restaurant of the same name in Milan, and Matthew Moran of one of Sydney’s finest restaurants. The airline is famous for its “Book the Cook” service where you can select your gourmet main course from a premium selection of dishes at least 24 hours before departure.
Turkish Airlines has a chef in starched whites and a towering toque greets boarding passengers at the plane door as if to welcome them into a restaurant. The “flying chef” is in charge of all cuisine, for Business classes, served on long-haul flights. Coach flyers can relish starters like olive oil–poached artichoke and entrees such as grilled beef with creamy eggplant.
Four celebrity chefs have been chosen to create Qatar Airways’ unique and diverse à la carte Business and First Class menu: Nobu Matsuhisa, Tom Aikens, Ramzi Choueiri, and Vineet Bhatia. These Chefs spend months adapting and testing their specialty dishes for Qatar’s customers, taking into account not only flavors and spices but how the taste buds are altered at 30,000 feet.
Air France has a take of their own by looking at refined details, considerate service, intense flavors, and porcelain tableware. Every 6 months, a different renowned French chef will serve up special dishes on long-haul flights departing from Paris. And frequent fliers do not have to fear repetition as the menus are changed every 10 days.
Cathay Pacific was one of the first airlines to have rice cookers, toasters, and skillets on board their aircraft, enabling the flight attendants to prepare freshly steamed rice, toasted bread, and eggs cooked to the passenger’s liking. The dishes that are made are carefully prepared and selected by Cathay’s food culinary team, the dishes in all classes are a celebration of China. The menu consists of signature dishes from Hong Kong, such as slow-cooked pork with preserved Hakka mustard greens, wok-fried chicken with black bean, or Hong Kong-style curry prawns.
They have award-winning onboard chefs and food & beverage managers of the flagship airline of the United Arab Emirates are recruited from the finest Michelin-starred restaurants. The Mezoon Grille menu, available to Etihad Airways’ First-Class customers only, features a variety of premium products, including beef, chicken, lamb, and seafood, along with a range of delicate sauces, sides, and delicious desserts, all of which are prepared to order. Their food is delicious and portions are always generous.
Swiss International Airlines
Swiss’ “Taste of Switzerland” program was designed to highlight different regions of the country on flights throughout the year. First Class passengers dine as if they were in a gourmet restaurant, and enjoy meals inspired by the country’s best Maîtres de Cuisine. Menus change every 3 months and may include dishes such as beef tenderloin with ofetori or Nidwalden-style mashed potatoes made with veal bacon and cheese. First Class meals are also complemented by regional wines, and of course, a selection of local cheese. But also, Business and Economy Class passengers rave about food onboard Swiss International Air Lines.
Emirates regionally-inspired menus are all presented on Royal Doulton fine bone china with exclusive Robert Welch cutlery, providing an excellent fine dining experience. In the First Class, you can enjoy a seven-course meal in the privacy of your own exclusive suite. On the A380 aircraft, premium passengers may also nibble on canapés in a wonderful lounge they have at the rear of the mega-plane. But it’s a royal treatment for all, as the Economy may start with slices of smoked tuna served with marinated vegetable salad, followed by charcoal-grilled lamb brochette with cinnamon-scented sauce, sticky date pudding, cheese, biscuits, and chocolates.
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