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A new slant on British cuisine


Star Chef Chris Staines creates menus for Lufthansa’s First and Business Class

Chris Staines will provide the culinary introduction to the new year for Lufthansa passengers. In the months of January and February, he will create innovative menus for First and Business Class passengers on long-haul flights. Passengers travelling in First Class will have a chance to sample his rabbit terrine with English mustard sauce and cucumber relish as a starter, and choose, for example, between fish & chips (fried cod with sauce remoulade, mushy peas and potatoes) and fillet of beef Wellington with truffle jus, carrots and broccoli as a main dish. In Business Class, Staines will treat passengers to a varied menu including fruity chicken salad with Stilton cream and almonds as an hors d’oeuvre, followed, for instance, by fettucine pasta with creamy mushroom sauce and white Cheddar.

For several years now, British cuisine, which has often been regarded rather sceptically, has succeeded in casting off its negative image and now enjoys an excellent reputation. This change in image is due largely to a new generation of young, British chefs – with Chris Staines leading the way. When he succeeded Hywel Jones as head chef at Foliage restaurant in the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park Hotel, London, he also took over his Michelin star, and at 27 thus became one of the youngest star chefs ever. For the past six years, he has retained his star and in the luxurious ambience of the five-star hotel, cooks for stars like Madonna as well as for members of the royal family.

Staines himself attributes his success to his overriding ambition – awakened at an early age – to become a chef. Even when he was still at school, he worked as a kitchen boy in restaurants, watching imaginative dishes being created from simple ingredients. During that period and his later training under such renowned top chefs as Nico Ladenis and Marco Pierre White, he learned to recreate typical British dishes, which have rarely been reinterpreted, in an entirely novel way and to perfectly combine traditional tastes with modern cooking methods.

Lufthansa Star Chef programme
Since January 2000, Lufthansa has taken its First and Business Class passengers to new culinary heights. Imaginative menus, created by top chefs from all over the world, make a Lufthansa flight a truly heavenly experience. To date, such international celebrities as Harald Wohlfahrt (Baiersbronn), Dieter Müller (Bergisch Gladbach), Frank Zlomke (Paarl, South Africa), Daniel Boulud (New York) and Paul Bocuse (Lyon) have been engaged as Lufthansa “Star Chefs”. In addition, since the beginning of 2005, internationally renowned chefs have created special menus on selected long-haul routes from Germany to reflect the culinary tastes and traditions of the respective destination.


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