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 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 90 destinations, 18 of which are in Sub Saharan Africa. The company employs more than 3,400 people and operates 44 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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