No one does fine dining at 35,000 feet quite like Swiss International Air Lines. For the past 15 years, SWISS has been delighting passengers with fine cuisine from their Taste of Switzerland program. SWISS employs the aid of chefs from over 50 high-quality Swiss hotels and restaurants, making any of their flights like a foodie-vacation in itself.
From the fifth of December to early March, SWISS will be bringing the culinary variety of the Bernese Oberland aboard. First Class and SWISS Business travelers on long-haul services from Switzerland will enjoy selected meal creations by Robert Speth, the reputed chef de cuisine of the Chesery restaurant in Gstaad, an institution of the Le Grand Bellevue five-star hotel that has helped cement the local Saanenland’s strong appeal as a culinary destination.
Top-notch simplicity is the hallmark of Speth’s kitchen that forgoes unnecessary decoration and complex combinations in favor of genuine flavors coaxed from outstanding ingredients. It’s a philosophy that has already earned him 18 Gault Millau points. He now brings his culinary excellence to SWISS, for the latest chapter of its award-winning “SWISS Taste of Switzerland” program, which has been showcasing top regional cuisine from all over the country since 2002.
Here is just a taste of what’s to come when you fly Swiss International Air Lines.
FIRST CLASS MENU
First Course: Bernese cheese rolls filled with herb quark
Main course: Saddle of venison with spätzle and glazed chestnuts or halibut fillet with white wine sauce, served with a potato and leek ragout.
Cheese: Tomme Rougemont with truffle filling
Wine: Chasselas white from the Steiner winery in Schernelz-Village and a Maganoir Auberson, a red assemblage by Auberson & Fils of La Neuveville.
Dessert: Robert Speth has concocted a tarte au vin cuit with plum compote.
BUISNESS CLASS MENU
First Course: Yoghurt and sour cream terrine with prawns and a cucumber carpaccio.
Main course: choices include a char fillet with calamansi beurre blanc served with mashed potato and braised beef brisket with parsnip purée.
Cheese: Choice of Bernese Alpkäse, Hobelkäse or a Weichkäse from the Gerzensee.
Wine: Chasselas (Schafiser Bielersee AOC Chasselas) white and a Pinot Noir (Schafiser Bielersee AOC Pinot Noir) red.
Dessert: Nougat slice with toasted hazelnuts and marinated oranges.