Star Chef Thierry Theys and Brussels Airlines create fine dining experience at 30,000 feet

As of 18 January, Belgian Star Chef Thierry Theys from two star restaurant Nuance, presents his Business Class menu on board of Brussels Airlines’ intercontinental flights. With its 10th Belgian Star chef, Brussels Airlines continues to promote the Belgian gastronomy on board of its flights to the US, Canada and Africa.


Every year, Brussels Airlines works with another talented Michelin starred chef, each one promoting a different region of Belgium. With local ingredients, the Belgian Star Chefs take the best of culinary Belgium to the skies and serve their menus to the Business Class guests on long-haul flights. In 2019, Brussels Airlines indulges its Business Class guests on their way to the US, Canada or Africa with a premium culinary experience created by Thierry Theys from Michelin-starred restaurant Nuance.

Together with his wife Sofie Willemarck, Chef Theys opened the restaurant Nuance in 2008, located in Duffel (Antwerp). Serving a menu built upon French haute cuisine given a fine, light and elegant touch, Nuance has gone straight to the culinary top. Thierry Theys was previously chosen as ‘inventive Chef of the Year’ and ‘Top young Chef in Flanders’. Nuance has been awarded two Michelin stars and Gault&Millau consistently awards the restaurant marks of 16 and 17 out of 20.

Chef Theys has designed an exclusive menu for every quarter of the year, using Belgian seasonal products supplemented by a touch of international ingredients, combining intriguing and complex flavours perfectly to present a delightful dining experience at 30,000 feet. The first menu contains a truffle and pecorino biscuit, a starter of crispy duck salad, grapefruit and crispy rice or king crab, potato, citrus and Japanese curry. For the main course guests can choose among beef cheek “à l ’orange”, carrot, spinach and garlic, salted cod, celery, miso and yuzu or feuilleté, sunroot, silver skin onion and plum with cabernet vinegar. To top it all of a fine selection of cheese is followed by a dessert of sable shortbread biscuit, lemon cream and kaffir lime.

As an ambassador of its country, Brussels Airlines brings the best of Belgium to the world. Therefor it offers its guests a choice of eight Belgian beers on board, whereof one ‘beer of the month’ is always chosen by the Belgian Star Chef and has its roots in the chef’s region. For the first two months the François Grand Cru Beer and 888 Tripel Eight are chef Theys’ choice.

“We continue to invest in the experience for our guests on board as well as on the ground. Together with Thierry Theys we are able to offer our Business Class guests on the long-haul a premium culinary experience. It is a great challenge for a chef to bring his meals to the air as many restrictions apply and tastes change at altitude. It was an intense collaboration, but we are proud of the result.”

  • Gregory Baillet, Head of Product at Brussels Airlines

Thierry Theys’ menus will be served on board as from January until December 2019.

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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 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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