Flying high (and dining well) on Air France

Eating your way to Paris – a capital of great food – has never been better, thanks to Air France. The airline has just renewed its partnership with Michelin-starred chef Daniel Boulud to design new menus in La Premiere (first class) and business cabins.

Since he arrived in the United States in 1982, Boulud has been praised for the contemporary touch he adds to his typically French cuisine. Originally from Lyon, and raised on his family’s farm in the village of Saint-Pierre-de-Chandieu, Chef Boulud is inspired by the seasons and uses quality ingredients to create the menus at his 15 restaurants, including Daniel in Manhattan. He also owns the catering company Feast & Fêtes and has won awards too numerous to mention, including the James Beard Foundation Award for Outstanding Restaurateur, Best Chef in New York City, and the Outstanding Chef of the Year.

Says Chef Boulud: “Air France has always maintained very high standards for culinary excellence on board, which I have enjoyed many times as a passenger between my home in the States and my native France. I saw this as a wonderful opportunity to bring together our expertise and create a better in-flight experience for passengers.”

He added that he hoped Air France passengers will find his menu to be “soulful and delicious.”

What can you expect on Air France? Well, along with über-comfortable flatbeds, personal service and an in-the-air ambience of refined gentility, you can anticipate such entrées as:

  • Atlantic lobster, curried coconut sauce, black rice and bok choy
  • Provençal lamb shop, zucchini pesto, tomato and cheese polenta
  • Peppered beef tenderloin, cranberry, squash and spinach custard.

This is not the first time Air France has partnered with some of the world’s best French chefs. Other gastronomy ambassadors have included Joel Robuchon, Guy Martin, Michael Roth, Anne-Sophie Pic and François Adamski.

The Air France business class lounges are as exceptional as the food and are a haven of serenity at the airport. In a separate development, Air France has also partnered with the French luxury beauty brand Clarins to offer complimentary spa treatments in the relaxation areas of its business lounges at Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport. Clarins, on behalf of Air France, has developed signature facial treatments that use its exclusive plant-based products. 

Everyone loves the first-class amenity kits that have become a staple on most airlines, but this is an example of even better complexion perfection – and stress-reducing comfort – before you board your international flight. All the more reason to join Air France’s frequent flyer program.

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Debbi K. Kickham

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