Brussels Airlines presents new Belgian Star Chef ​ Eric Pankert

As from December 1, a new Belgian chef presents his Business Class menus on Brussels Airlines’ long haul flights. This time it is top chef Eric Pankert of restaurant Zur Post who has concocted five menus based on local produce from the German-speaking community in East Belgium.

After first successful collaborations with Geert Van Hecke of De Karmeliet (West Flanders), Julien Lahire of Le Moulin Hideux (Luxembourg) and Thomas Locus of Bistro Margaux (Flemish Brabant), Brussels Airlines continues its Belgian Star chefs program with Eric Pankert. During the next five months he will serve his menus to Business Class customers on long haul flights to the US and Africa.

Eric Pankert has been at the helm of the Michelin-starred restaurant Zur Post, in St. Vith since 2003. He has cooked alongside well-known chefs such as Joël Robuchon, France’s “chef of the century”, in cities all over the world, inlcuding Liège, Düsseldorf, Ghent, Paris and New York. In Ghent, he was introduced to the art of pastry-making, and from New York he carried home the influence of various international cuisines. A firm believer in perfection, Pankert chooses not to follow current trends but offers his guests a modern interpretation of French cuisine instead, always adding a personal touch. He earned a 17/20 in Gault Millau and 4 “Toques” from the Belgian gastronomy guide “Guide Delta”.

The menus he has devised for Brussels Airlines include typical Belgian-French dishes with a modern interpretation. The first menu, served in December, starts with a dried beef mille-feuille, followed by goose liver wrapped in Ganda ham. For the main course passengers can choose between venison stew with a Bellevaux beer sauce, accompanied by cabbage Parmentier and fillet of sea bream enhanced by spicy carrot jus and eggplant caviar. As dessert, Zur Post’s pastry chef Edmont Peillot suggests a Bourdaloue-style apple and pear cake. The chef has also selected a beer to accompany his dishes: Bellevaux Black.

As an ambassador for Belgium, Brussels Airlines has a tradition of supporting Belgian talent and to bring Belgian top quality across the borders of its home country. On board of its flights the airline offers a selection of Belgium’s finest beers and wines, pralines, waffles and also cookies.

“We are delighted that we were able to get Eric Pankert on board for our Belgian Star Chefs program. It was a pleasure to work with Eric and to see the dedication he has put into our Business Class meals. I am convinced that his creations will add to the premium experience we want to off our Business Class guests”

-- Anne Tricot, VP Customer Experience Brussels Airlines.


“I felt really honoured when I heard about my nomination as Belgian Star Chef for our national company, Brussels Airlines. It is a great pleasure for me to represent our small German-speaking community in Belgium, of which I am very proud, towards passengers from all over the world. It has been a very interesting experience to adapt my French-Belgian cuisine for Brussels Airlines’ Business Class guests, in order to offer them the most enjoyable journey possible. Maybe in the future, travellers flying over the oceans will dream about East Belgium’s wonderful woods, fields and streams, while savouring one of our regional specialities.“

-- Eric Pankert

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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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