Brussels Airlines starts collaboration with Belgian star chefs

Starting November 1st Brussels Airlines will introduce its passengers on intercontinental flights to regional Belgian dishes prepared by renowned Belgian Star Chefs. The chefs will create an entire menu based on local ingredients typical for their region. Brussels Airlines’ culinary journey through the Belgian gastronomy starts in West Flanders, with Geert van Hecke.

Brussels Airlines has been a flying ambassador for Belgium for years. On board of its flights the airline offers a selection of Belgian beers and wines, passengers are treated to Belgian pralines, waffles and cookies of Belgian top brands.

This November Brussels Airlines takes its ambassadorship a step further as it will start serving Belgian top cuisine on-board flights to the US and Africa, under the name “Belgian Star Chefs”. VP Customer Experience Anne Tricot: “We will work with renowned Belgian star chefs who will create an entire menu based on local specialties from their province to show our passengers the best their region has to offer.”

The Belgian Star Chefs menu is offered to all Business Class passengers flying from Brussels Airport to any Brussels airlines long haul destination. Every 4 to 5 months, another Belgian Star Chef will introduce his menu choices. The first chef to be hosting the Belgian Star Chef program is Geert Van Hecke from restaurant De Karmeliet in Bruges (*** Michelin), which has been a landmark in the culinary worlds for the past 30 years. Today he presented his first Belgian Star Chefs menu for the month of November.

As a starter, Geert Van Hecke chose smoked eel from Damme, served with tarragon-yogurt sauce and fennel puree. For the main course he proposes North Sea shrimp prepared with curry of sweet potatoe and steamed snow peas. His beer and cheese selection is also 100% from theprovince of West Flanders: Damme and Apero Cheese from Bruges and Brugge Tripel beer.

New spring will be another region’s turn in the Belgian Star Chefs program: Business Class passengers will then enjoy a gourmet menu from the province of Luxemburg. “For the next coming years we want to give our Belgian and our international passengers a taste of the best that the widely acclaimed Belgian cuisine has to offer and to position ourselves more than ever as a culinary ambassador for Belgium,” explains Anne Tricot.

Next to the Belgian Star Chefs suggestion, Business Class passengers can still choose from two different menu options or one of the 21 different special meals (diet, salt free, gluten free,…)

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About Brussels Airlines

Brussels Airlines is the home carrier of Belgium and one of the four network airlines of the Lufthansa Group. It connects the European capital from Brussels Airport with over 85 destinations, 17 of which are in Sub Saharan Africa. The company employs more than 3,300 people and operates 43 aircraft.

Brussels Airlines aims to emit 50% less CO2 by 2030 compared to 2019 and plans to be carbon neutral by 2050. The airline is participating in the Stargate Project led by Brussels Airport and is therefore part of the testing ground for sustainable aviation at its home base. In addition, the airline signed the Circular Economy agreement of the Antwerp Management School in 2021. The airline was the first to transport Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) through the CEPS-pipeline connecting Brussels Airport early 2023. By end 2024, Brussels Airlines will have welcomed five state-of-the-art Airbus A320neo allowing the airline to significantly lower its CO2- and noise-emissions on its medium-haul network.

As an ambassador of its country, Brussels Airlines brings the world to Belgium and the best of Belgium to the world, among others through collaborations with Belgian Star Chefs, Belgian culinary products and the Belgian Icons, specially painted aircraft that honour a Belgian iconic person, team or event to promote Belgian culture worldwide.

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The Star Alliance network was established in 1997 as the first truly global airline alliance, based on a customer value proposition of global reach, worldwide recognition and seamless service. Since inception, it has offered the largest and most comprehensive airline network, with a focus on improving customer experience across the Alliance journey.

Overall, the Star Alliance network currently offers more than 10,000 daily flights to almost 1,200 airports in 184 countries.

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