Top chefs hired for new Qatar Airways menus

Ramzi Choueiri, Vineet Bhatia, Tom Aikens and Nobu Matsuhisa develop new inflight food
Top chefs hired for new Qatar Airways menus
A Qatar Airways Airbus A320 takes off from Tegel airport in Berlin, Germany, on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2009. Qatar Airways operated on Monday the worlds first commercial flight using propellant derived from natural gas as the Gulf state seeks to exploit its status as the worlds largest producer of the fuel. Photographer: Michele Tantussi/Bloomberg
By Andy Sambidge
Tue 18 Sep 2012 05:21 PM

Qatar Airways has teamed up with award-winning chefs from around the world to develop a new menu for passengers.

Chefs Ramzi Choueiri, Vineet Bhatia, Tom Aikens and Nobu Matsuhisa have been handpicked by the airline to set a new standard for dining in the sky, it said in a statement.

The all-star team of culinary ambassadors has collaborated exclusively with Qatar Airways to create the ‘Qatar Airways Culinary World Menu’, the statement added.       

Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker said the airline’s collaboration with the world class chefs showed the airline's "commitment to redefining the passenger experience by offering a truly 5-star service".

Al Baker said: “Qatar Airways continues to challenge and lead the aviation industry, enhancing different service elements of air travel today and pushing the boundaries of genuine luxury and comfort. 

“The imminent arrival of one of the most advanced aircraft in the world, our new Boeing 787 Dreamliner, heralds the start of an exciting new era for travellers worldwide and today’s introduction of a unique food offering is part of the overhaul of the entire travel experience for our passengers."

The renowned chefs spent several months adapting and testing their specialities for Qatar Airways’ passengers.

Their menus have begun to be rolled out on flights to and from Doha International Airport.

It will also be introduced to passengers onboard the airline’s new Boeing 787 Dreamliner when the next generation aircraft starts flying in Qatar Airways’ colours in the coming months.  

Ramzi Choueiri brought Lebanese cuisine to the masses with a daily live TV cooking show with over 10 million television viewers.   

Vineet Bhatia is the only Indian chef to have won two Michelin stars while Tom Aikens become the youngest British chef ever awarded two Michelin stars.

Nobu Matsuhisa has earned two Michelin stars and the admiration of thousands that he has introduced to Japanese cuisine through his line of 29 restaurants in 25 cities, spanning across five continents.

Qatar Airways has seen rapid growth in just 15 years of operation, currently flying a modern fleet of 111 aircraft to 118 key business and leisure destinations across Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific, North America and South America.

Since the beginning of 2012, Qatar Airways has launched flights to Baku (Azerbaijan); Tbilisi (Georgia); Kigali (Rwanda); Zagreb (Croatia), Erbil (Iraq), Baghdad (Iraq), Perth (Australia) and Kilimanjaro (Tanzania).

Over the next few months, Qatar Airways will launch services to a diverse portfolio of new routes, including Yangon, Myanmar (October 3); Maputo, Mozambique (October 31); Belgrade, Serbia (November 20); Warsaw, Poland (December 5); Gassim, Saudi Arabia (January 2013); and Chicago, USA (April 2013).

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