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

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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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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