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Star chef from Netherlands creates menus for Lufthansa

( Savoury delights from three-star chef Jonnie Boer.
He is reputed to be the most popular chef in the Netherlands - Jonnie Boer from “De Librije" restaurant in Zwolle. He is truly exceptional in many respects. A Harley aficionado, he is one of only a trio of three-star chefs in the Netherlands. Together with his wife, he has renovated a former monastery into the designer restaurant “De Librije" ( in the former monastery library). For First and Business-Class passengers on long-haul flights from Germany to destinations around the world, he has now joined the ranks of Lufthansa Star Chefs to create exceptional in-flight menus. First-Class passengers will be served such delicacies as grilled scallops on vanilla pods, chicory, carrot and ginger sauce and wild rice or tomatoes stuffed with North Sea crabs, marinated papaya and fried tiger prawns with zucchini and potato salad. Passengers in Business Class will savour rabbit roulade with pesto-potato salad and orange-pumpkin compote or chicken and pineapple kebab with ratatouille salad and sweet-and-sour sauce. In the coming two months, Jonnie Boer’s in-flight menus will be served about 270,000 times to passengers in First and Business-Class.

Jonnie Boer’s cooking style in gourmet vernacular is described as varied, daring and fearless. He himself terms it “simple, honest, natural and pure." The dishes Jonnie Boer creates in his restaurant in the Dutch town of Zwolle are based on the molecular cuisine of Ferran Adrià. Yet he interprets the ideas of the celebrity Catalan chef in his own inimitable style, innovative, with the emphasis on local commodities and the very best ingredients which he combines in bold combinations to produce spectacular creations.

Four new regional chefs
Lufthansa is also expanding its Star Chef programme on flights into Germany. In cooperation with Grand Hyatt hotels, it has enlisted the culinary skills of eminent chefs from South America to compose attractive menus on flights from South America to Germany. Come November, Cologne chef Thomas Bähner from the Grand Hyatt Sao Paulo, the Italian Fabio Brambilla from the Grand Hyatt in Santiago de Chile and the French maestro Cyril Cheype vom the Park Hyatt in Buenos Aires will be cooking in-flight fare for First and Business-Class passengers for a whole year.

On flights from the Middle East to Germany, the in-flight kitchen will be taken over by Greek celebrity Evdoxios Doxis Bekris, Executive Chef at the Kempinski luxury hotel in Dubai. His dishes combine the best of Arab cooking with culinary influences from his Greek home country. Additionally, Lufthansa has extended its contract with Hemant Oberoi, voted best Indian and fourth-best chef in the world by the “Condé Nast Traveller" travel magazine in 2006. He will be creating menus for a further year on flights from India to Germany.

Lufthansa Star Chef programme
Lufthansa passengers have been scaling the culinary heights since January 2000. Their flights are turned into “celestial delights" by chefs at the pinnacle of the world’s cooking fraternity. Among the international celebrities to feature in the Lufthansa Star Chef programme are noted names of the likes of Harald Wohlfahrt (Baiersbronn), Dieter Müller (Bergisch Gladbach), Frank Zlomke (Paarl, South Africa), Daniel Boulud (New York) or Paul Bocuse. Moreover, since early 2005, internationally renowned chefs have been serving special menus focusing on regional specialities on flights on selected long-routes to Germany.

Deutsche Lufthansa AG Corporate Communication

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