With the aim of promoting Swiss cuisine on 21st November, in this A330, Swiss International Air Lines added a few light meals on the menu to their flight from Zurich to New York; and to do this, Switzerland's national airline called in one of the 50 top chefs in the world: Andreas Caminada. His name may not mean anything to you, yet the 37 year-old Swiss has three Michelin stars and 19/20 in the Gault & Millau guide.
Several months preplanning beforehand were needed to carry out this unique collaboration. The preparation of the dishes began 48 hours before the flight, in the Zurich kitchens of the Gate Gourmet catering company in the presence of the chef and his brigade.
For logistical and organizational reasons, the dishes were concocted in advance, with the finishing touches added in flight by the chef (pictured here). A real challenge for Andreas Caminada who had to deal with the aircraft’s narrow galleys.
Served by the flight attendants, all 200 passengers onboard were able to appreciate, a top class menu. Veal with Mushrooms for Economy Class; Mackerel Kohlrabi and Leek, or Langoustines and Mashed Celery for Business and First passengers.
For this top flight meal, the Swiss customers paid no more for their conventional flight tickets than normal. They quite simply had the chance to be seated at the right fold down tray, if you pardon the expression, at the right time. If you are interested, you will have to wait a little longer because the company is not yet sure if it will repeat this culinary adventure, but we’ll keep you posted - promise.