Air France Announces New First Class Meals For 1Q 2019


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It’s a busy time of year for airline catering departments as new menus and meals are launched in an attempt to keep passengers happy for another few months.

Last week we had Air France announcing the latest creations from its Michelin-starred chefs for the first few months of the year, yesterday Cathay Pacific announced its new meals across all long-haul cabins and now we have Air France back again to let us know about the creations we can expect in its First Class “La Première” cabin.

Across the first three months of the year Michel Roth, one of numerous Michelin-starred chefs who work with Air France, is offering 7 new gourmet dishes for travelers booked into Air France’s long-haul First Class cabins.

Air France New First Class Dishes

January 2019

  • Free-range poultry glazed in rare pepper and citrus honey, served with caramelized pineapple and mango and slow-cooked vegetable sticks
  • Duet of shrimp and squid in a tarragon lobster sauce, sautéed baby spinach and Camargue red rice
Image courtesy of Air France

February 2019

  • Beef tenderloin, pan-fried foie gras in a truffle sauce accompanied with asparagus, ceps and truffles
  • Pan-fried scallops with tartuffon, golden polenta and mange-tout peas

March 2019

  • Brill in creamy mussel juice with stewed mixed green vegetables
  • Chicken supreme with olives and black truffles, poivrade artichokes and macaroni gratin
Image courtesy of Air France
  • Stewed verbena veal, vegetable fricassee and morel mushrooms
Image courtesy of Air France

Air France’s La Première cabin offer dishes from 4 Michelin-starred chefs in 2019 with Joël Robuchon* following Michel Roth and Régis Macron and Emmanuel Renaut taking charge in quarters 3 and 4 respectively.

*Joël Robuchon passed away at the age of 73 in August last year but Air France will continue to serve his dishes in his honor – having eaten at his restaurants in London, Paris and Las Vegas I can only add that I’m very glad Air France took this decision – he created some of the best food I’ve ever tasted.

Bottom Line

I’m not entirely sure why Air France is only now confirming what its new gourmet dishes are as, including today, there are only 2 days left in January so the first two dishes will soon be replaced…but I guess at least we know what to expect in February and March.

Overall La Première is known for offering some of the best food and service in the air and it’s considerably more exclusive than the better known First Class cabins of Emirates and Cathay Pacific.

If you think Singapore Airlines First Class is great (which it definitely is) you should really try to build up your miles to book an Air France First Class award – if you can find availability I can almost guarantee that you won’t be disappointed.

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