Business class customers flying Air France will be soon be getting Michelin star meals in the air thanks to the collaboration between the airline and chef Daniel Rose. The new menu available from September will feature three meals designed by the chef, exclusively for long-haul flights from the US and Canada heading to Paris.
Chef Rose, of one Michelin star Le Coucou in New York, has been described as “an American with a love for French cuisine.”
He said: ”I am honored to be partnering with Air France, the airline that set me on my culinary journey 21 years ago. We look forward to sharing our version of classic French meals at 30,000 feet that are as comforting and as delicious as in my restaurants."
Rose in fact found his passion for cooking during his time in France as he was studying at the American University of Paris. He followed it up by enrolling in the Institut Bocuse cooking school in Lyon. The chef opened his first restaurant, Spring, in Paris in 2006 to great acclaim and successively La Bourse et La Vie in 2015, and Chez La Vieille in 2016.
The three dishes by Rose for these long-haul flights will be renewed every two months, to the delight of frequent flyers. The first menu features a poultry gratin with onions, warm poultry pate with foie gras, and cod with turnip and beurre blanc.
Images: new dishes by chef Daniel Rose for Air France, credit Air France.
Rose is not the first to collaborate with Air France - the airline is known to involve star chefs for their inflight menus for its business and first-class passengers. Previous partners include chefs Anne-Sophie Pic, Arnaud Lallement, Guy Martin and Andrée Rosier.
Airline meals often get a bad rap (there are even blogs dedicated to documenting this) but as we found out, they actually started off good, resembling almost any fine dining restaurant. Check out these images of food aboard Scandinavian Airlines between the 1950s and 1980s: