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Air France is one of the few airlines that regularly updates us on what it’s offering customers onboard. Most airlines rotate their menus reasonably frequently (especially in premium cabins) but I can’t think of another airline that’s as keen to share what it serves onboard as Air France – I take that as a good thing.
Air France has a stable of Michelin-starred chefs who, individually, help to arrange the airline’s premium cabin meals at various points of the year.
Between January and the end of March 2019 Ann-Sophie Pic (“the world’s most Michelin-starred female chef) is in charge of adding some star quality to the Air France Business Class menu and these are the dishes she has contributed:
- Pollock with creamy black rice, butternut and coconut curry sauce;
- Creamy lentils served with beetroot and onion pickles.
- Poultry with Tonka bean, voasti polenta and chicken sauce;
- Beef cheek in a coffee marinade, with celery, chestnut and carrots.
- Guinea fowl and cream of green peas in a black tea sauce;
- Pollock with creamy black rice, butternut and coconut curry sauce.
These menu items will be available in Business Class cabins on all long-haul flights departing from Paris as well as on the following medium-haul destinations:
“Algiers, Amman, Athens, Bucharest, Casablanca, Catania, Yerevan, Kiev, Marrakech, Moscow, Oran, Rabat, Stockholm, Sofia, St Petersburg, Tel Aviv, Tunis, Warsaw”
In 2019 Air France will be partnering with a total of 4 Michelin-starred chefs for its Business Class menus and we will see Arnaud Lallement (April – June), Guy Martin (July – September) and Michel Roth (October – December) adding their own menu items later in the year.
I love the fact that Air France takes the food it serves onboard so seriously (I guess that goes hand-in-hand with being the French flag carrier) and, in my experience, the chefs do a good job of remembering that they’re creating food for 30,000ft+ and the crew know how to make serving it onboard look good – both those things go a long way to making the Air France Business Class experience looked as polished as it often does.