Lady chef Stéphanie Thunus and Brussels Airlines create gastronomic experience at 30,000 feet

Lady chef Stéphanie Thunus and Brussels Airlines create gastronomic experience at 30,000 feet

Brussels Airlines continues its promotion of Belgian gastronomy on board its intercontinental flights, thanks to a new collaboration with lady chef Stéphanie Thunus of Michelin-starred restaurant Au Gré du Vent in the Belgian province of Hainaut. Business Class passengers will be treated to Chef Thunus’ menus throughout 2018 on their way to Africa, the US and India.

As an ambassador for Belgium, Brussels Airlines strives to bring the best of Belgium to the world. Since 2013, the airline works with internationally acclaimed chefs to promote Belgian gastronomy towards its international audience. After collaborations with chefs from different provinces in Belgium, it’s now lady chef Stéphanie Thunus’ turn to create a culinary experience up in the sky, on board the airline’s Business Class to intercontinental destinations.

Together with her husband, maître d’hôtel Sébastien Guchet, Stéphanie runs Au Gré du Vent since 2012 in her birth village Seneffe. Only one year after opening, the couple earned a first Michelin Star, which it has maintained until today, and Gault & Millau gives the restaurant a 16/20 rating in 2017. The chef likes to work with local seasonal produce, including products from her parent’s farm right across from the restaurant. In her dishes, she loves to keep ingredients pure to enhance their natural flavor.

On the first menu in January 2018, Brussels Airlines passengers will find delicacies like quail mousse, veal check with salsify, tarragon and violet mustard and yellow Pollock with saffron sauce.

To complement chef Thunus’ dishes, a special variety of beer from the region has been included in the menu, from Brasserie de la Haute Senne and Brussels Airlines also includes Belgian wines in its onboard wine offer. To finish their 4-course meal à la belge, passengers are offered a selection of beautiful Belgian cheeses by cheese affineurs Van Tricht.

Chef Thunus’ menus will be served on board from January to December 2018.

The collaborations with Belgian star chefs is only one of many ways Brussels Airlines markets itself as thé Belgian airline. The airline also serves Belgian choclates and delicacies on board, its crew uniforms are designed by Belgian brands Xandres, Bellerose and Ambiorix and in the last three years Brussels Airlines has repainted four of its planes with special liveries dedicated to Belgian icons Tintin, Magritte, Red Devils and Tomorrowland.

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Brussels Airlines is Belgium's national airline, connecting the capital of Europe to more than 70 destinations, whereof 15 in Africa, the continent that Brussels Airlines carries closes to its heart. Moreover, Brussels Airlines offers 60 destinations in Europe, 2 in North America and Tel Aviv. The company employs 3,100 employees and operates 38 aircraft.

In view of the global coronavirus pandemic, Brussels Airlines has committed itself to the strictest health safety measures in aviation worldwide, following the recommendations of EASA (European Air Safety Agency). Since the outbreak of the coronavirus, the Belgian airline operates an adapted flight schedule that is based on market demand and that takes into account the travel restrictions of the different authorities.

Thanks to its no-compromise positioning, Brussels Airlines combines competitive all-flexible fares with  the highest service quality. With yearly changing Belgian Star Chefs, its wide offer of Belgian food and drinks and the five Belgian Icons, Brussels Airlines is acting as a real ambassador of its country, bringing the world to Belgium and the best of Belgium to the world.

Creating over 40.000 direct and indirect jobs, Brussels Airlines plays an important role in the Belgian economy and is part of Belgium's second largest economic engine: its hub at Brussels Airport. In 2019, the airline transported over 10 million passengers to, from and via Brussels Airport.

Brussels Airlines offers cargo capacity on all its flights, commercialized by Lufthansa Cargo. The airline also handles the daily maintenance of its aircraft fleet.

Brussels Airlines is one of the four Lufthansa Group network airlines (Austrian, Brussels Airlines, Lufthansa and Swiss) and member of Star Alliance. The company was founded in 2002 and is 100% owned by Deutsche Lufthansa AG.

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