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Air France Business Class and La Premiere get a Top-Shelf Chef | Food on Planes

Jake Redman March 4, 2016 2

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Chef Daniel Bolund. Creator of Air France Business Class and La Premiere meals thru February 2017.
Chef Daniel Boulud. [Photo: Air France]
Even if you’re not an extreme foodie, you may know the name Daniel Boulud. The accomplished Michelin-starred chef is the owner of renowned restaurants around the world and is recognized as one of the best chefs in the US. Just last year (2015) Boulud was presented the Diners Club Lifetime Achievement award by the World’s 50 Best Restaurants to add to his ever-expanding trophy case. Accolades are typically attached to airline press releases when partnering with celebrity chefs, but Air France Business Class and La Première flyers departing the US get a chef with real name recognition and a lifetime of accomplishment.

Boulud for a Year

Earlier this week (3/1/16) flights with Air France Business Class and/or La Première Class*  from the US began serving the French-born Chef Bouluds creations. The menu in La Première will offer new dishes every three months for the next year. Air France says the Boulud dishes in this most exclusive cabin offer flavors that are “fresh, simple and precise”. If you’re a seafood lover like us, Atlantic Lobster with curried coconut sauce, black rice and bok choy is a great way to start.

Air France La Premiere lobster by Daniel Bolund.
Mmmm, Lobbbsterrr. Shell/mess-free lobster from Daniel Boulud in Air France La Premiere. [Photo: Air France]

La Première Menu

La Première menu items from Chef Boulud will change every 3 months. You’ll have one of these to choose from:

  • Atlantic Lobster, Curried Coconut Sauce, Black Rice and Bok Choy;
  • Provencal Lamb Chop, Zucchini Pesto, Tomato, and Cheese Polenta;
  • Tomato Braised Chicken, Four Bean Medley and Basil;
  • Peppered Beef Tenderloin, Cranberry, Squash and Spinach Custard;
  • Seabass in Vine Leaves, Za’atar, Farro and Grape.

Boulud for Business

A little further back, Air France Business Class gets their own Chef Daniel Boulud selections that are “…warm, spicy and exotic but retain their French character”. Every couple of weeks for a year one of 4 Boulud’s dishes will be on the menu. To us, the Braised Lamb with Spring Root Vegetables and Edamame looks mile-high amazing.

Air France Business Class Lamb Entree by Daniel Bolund.
Air France Business Class gets their own set of menu items like this Braised Lamb entree. [Photo: Air France]

Business Class Menu

Air France Business Class food creations by Chef Boulud will change every two weeks, offering one of the following:

    • Salmon with Fennel, Chickpea and Sumac;
    • Moroccan Chicken Tagine, with Lemon, Cauliflower and Couscous;
    • Braised Chicken Basquaise with Chorizo, Peppers, and Saffron Rice;
    • Braised Lamb with Spring Root Vegetables and Edamame.

Here’s an excerpt from an Air France communication that describes Chef Boulud’s dishes that will be offered over the course of the next year in both Air France Business Class and La Première.

Put it all Together, and?

High end dining is all about the full experience, so what about ambience? We got to peek at the different premium Air France cabins when the airline stopped in New York not too long ago. Here’s a look at Air France Business Class:

We’ve got a peek inside La Première too, but look forward to actually hopping on-board and testing Chef Boulud’s food magic for ourselves. For now, Air France is doing it’s best to keep expectations high by pairing their premium cabins with a very well respected and well known chef.

If you’ve had the chance to fly up front on Air France or have sampled the work of Chef Daniel Boulud, let us know your thoughts in the comments!

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Jake Redman

Modhop Host & Founder Jake Redman brings years of global exploration and travel tips to the podcast and our videos at Modhop. Jake is also a Producer and Host for SiriusXM.

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    • modhop on March 5, 2016

      You are correct! For as many times as I’ve seen his name in lights I’m not sure I’ve ever said it out loud. 😉 Thanks for the heads-up. Fixed.

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