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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 April and the end of June 2019 Arnaud Lallement (a triple Michelin-starred French chef) is in charge of adding some star quality to the Air France Business Class menu. These are the dishes he has contributed:
- Guinea fowl with turnips
- Cod and artichokes
- Lamb Parmentier with green curry
- Prawns and quinoa, cauliflower medley and gingerbread crumble
- Beef chuck in red wine, stuffed conchiglioni pasta shells and carrot purée
- Crab and prawn ravioli, lobster and vegetable 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:
“Stockholm, Sofia, Bucharest, Algiers, Oran, Tunis, Warsaw, Rabat, Catania, Casablanca, Kiev, St. Petersburg, Athens, Moscow, Tel Aviv, Yerevan, Tbilisi, Belgrade, Istanbul, Amman and Marrakech”
In 2019 Air France will be partnering with a total of 4 Michelin-starred chefs for its Business Class menus and we will see 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.