Belgium-based Brussels Airlines introduced regional Belgian dishes prepared by renowned Belgian star chefs for business class customers on its intercontinental flights, including flights to the United States.
The first chef in the Belgian Star Chef program is Geert Van Hecke from Michelin three-starred restaurant De Karmeliet in Bruges in the West Flanders region.
The menu by Van Hecke includes smoked eel from Damme with tarragon-yogurt sauce and fennel puree as a starter. The main course includes North Sea shrimp prepared with a curry of sweet potato and steamed snow peas.
The beer and cheese selection is also from the province of West Flanders – Damme and Apero Cheese from Bruges and Brugge Tripel beer.
The airline will introduce a new “star chef” every 4-5 months. The chefs will create an entire menu based on local ingredients typical of their particular region in Belgium.
The Belgian Star Chefs menu is offered to all Business Class passengers flying from Brussels Airport to any Brussels Airlines long-haul destination.
In addition to the Star Chef menu, Brussels airlines offers its business class customers two different menu options or one of 21 different special meals.
Brussels Airlines is a Lufthansa group airline and a Star Alliance member. It currently offers flights from Brussels to New York JFK (daily) and Washington Dulles (five times each week) in the US. The airline also has code-share agreements with United and US Airways.