Chefs up the airline food ante

There’s no avoiding celebrity chefs, even if you’re 30 000 feet in the air. If you’re fortunate enough to fly business or first class, it would be a shock not to find a famous cook’s name beside at least some of the dishes on your in-flight menu.

Heston Blumenthal. Credit: Supplied

Since January, the airline has been working with a roster of top cooks that also includes Joël Robuchon, holder of no fewer than 26 Michelin stars.

Blumenthal teamed up with Simon Hulstone of the Michelin-starred Elephant in Torquay, who cooked up umami-rich dishes designed to appeal to taste buds dulled by altitude. Hulstone’s menus will be served on long-haul flights from Heathrow until September.