Brussels Airlines presents new Belgian Star Chef ​ Thomas Locus

As from August 1, a new Belgian master chef gets to present his Business class menus on Brussels Airlines’ long haul flights. This time the honor falls to top chef Thomas Locus of restaurant Bistro Margaux. Thomas has concocted four menus based on local produce from Flemish Brabant.

After first successful collaborations with Geert Van Hecke of De Karmeliet (West Flanders) and Julien Lahire of Le Moulin Hideux (Luxembourg), Brussels Airlines continues its Belgian Star chefs program with Thomas Locus, a young talent with a blitz career in the Belgian gastronomy. During four months he will serve his menus to Business Class customers on long haul flights to the US and Africa.

 Thomas began his career at a young age and is a self-taught chef, but his experience working for big names such as Michel Coppens, Jean-Pierre Bruneau, Sergio Herman and Berasategui earned him a first Michelin star for Bistro Margaux, a 16/20 in Gault Millau and the title "Best Young Chef in the Brussels region in 2012”.

The menus he has devised for Brussels Airlines include typical Belgian dishes with a modern twist. The first menu, served in August, starts with a Romaine lettuce salad with North Sea shrimp and avocado, followed by Waterzooi-style farm-raised chicken accompanied by “Ijsvallei” watercress and ravioli with oxheart cabbage. The chef has also selected a beer to accompany his dishes, namely Palm Select Hop.

Besides the Belgian Star Chefs suggestions, Business Class passengers can choose from two different menu options or any of the 21 different special meals (diet, low salt, gluten free,…)

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 Thomas on board our Belgian Star Chefs program. The meals he has prepared for our guests will definitely be an added value to the premium experience we want to offer in our Business Class”, says Anne Tricot, VP Customer Experience Brussels Airlines.

“It’s an honor to be Brussels Airlines’ new Belgian Star Chef, in the footsteps of Geert Van Hecke and Julien Lahire. Brussels Airlines is the ideal partner for this rather big challenge of creating on board meals. Even more so because they carry out the same values as we do: quality and customer satisfaction. Exactly what we want to give to our guests: the best quality and service so everyone goes home happy and satisfied (and returns to us)!”

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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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