Air France recruits triple Michelin-starred chefs, launches new inflight menu   

G. Viel La Première Dish Air France
Air France

Air France has recruited the culinary skills of triple Michelin-starred French chefs Glenn Viel and Arnaud Lallement for the launch of a new inflight menu for those flying with the carrier out of Paris. 

Glenn Viel and Arnaud Lallement will be creating new dishes for passengers traveling in the La Première and Business cabins from April 2024, alongside renowned pastry chefs Philippe Rigollot and Nina Métayer. 

Viel is signing the entire menu in the La Première class, Air France’s most exclusive travel cabin, while world pastry champion Rigollot will look after deserts.  

The 12 dishes La Première class passengers will enjoy over the coming month include mediterranean bread with preserved peppers and rosemary, cream cheese, rocket and pickled lemon, sea bream fillet, fondant potatoes, mussels and lemon sauce, and guinea fowl topped with a crunchy zucchini mosaic, and caramelized onion compote. 

G. Viel La Première Dish 3 Air France
Air France

“I am proud to be working with Air France, which has established itself as the flagship of French aviation and highlights our country and French gastronomy throughout the world. For the company’s La Première customers, I wanted to highlight the French art de vivre, high standards, elegance and refinement,” Viel said. 

Strawberry gateau, Black Forest gateau, and an apricot tartlet and rosemary whipped cream are among the six desserts to gradually appear on the menu by Rigollo. 

In the long-haul Business cabin, Arnaud Lallement’ dishes will include polenta on stir-fried vegetables, creamy eggplant and red pepper coulis, crab and shrimp ravioli, Brittany curry sauce, and stir-fried spinach will delight passengers. 

P. Rigollot La Première Pastry 1 Air France
Air France

“For Air France, I wanted to remember the seasons, to let my unconscious speak, as if in hypnosis. Sharing with travelers a gourmet pleasure marked by emotion and indulgence,” Lallement explained.  

Nina Métayer, who has been curating the Business cabin deserts since 2023, has created three new sweet treats which include the chef’s caramel, hazelnut and velvety dark chocolate slice, coconut lime mango slice, and the “Individuel” gourmet chocolate delight. 

Following a partnership established with Air France in November 2023, one-starred chef Frédéric Simonin has created a new series of dishes for the Premium Economy cabin. 

G. Viel La Première Dish 12 Air France
Air France

The new menu, which is already available onboard flights departing from Paris, includes mini scallops, citrus sauce with tapioca pearls and asparagus pasta, or peas with savory, spinach and glazed pearl onions. 

“For Air France customers, I have carefully chosen each product from our French regions that I can transform with delicacy and precision, for a special culinary experience,” Simonin said. 

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