Finnair has collaborated with chef DeAille Tam to bring modern Chinese flavours to the plates of business class passengers flying on all Finnair routes from Greater China to Helsinki.
The dishes, which will be served in the carrier’s business class cabin on all long-haul flights from Greater China to Helsinki from 5 December 2019, was unveiled at a media launch event on 28th November 2019.
The first menu includes a starter and a main dish:
Starter: Drunken Prawns Tomato Gelée, Peas, Taro Crisp, Garlic Crema
Main Course: Ribeye Steak Black Pepper Jam, Caramelized Honey, Pickled Chinese Pepper, Sweet Potato, Watercress Nage
The airline confirmed that the following alternative main course will be offered to passengers:
Pan fried salmon with dill cream sauce, leek and potato mash, sautéed fennel. This, however, is not one of Tam’s creations.
DeAille Tam, who was born in Hong Kong, is an award-winning chef, whose work has taken her to top restaurants on three continents. She was the first female chef to receive a Michelin star in 2018 in China, and she has created culinary experiences for several international brands. The tasty dishes created by DeAille form a modern Chinese-inspired menu where East meets West in a delicious, fresh form.
“One of my passions is to bring Chinese cuisine to a broader audience,” said Chef Tam.
“My mission is to give people an experience when they eat, a memory to keep. I think the aircraft is a perfect place for this,” she added.
“We are excited to collaborate with Chef Tam as she treats every flavour and every dish like a culinary adventure,” Maarit Keränen, Head of Inflight Food & Beverage Concepts at Finnair said.
“Our Signature Chef program honours the cuisines of our key markets, and we are proud to have Chef Tam’s menu as a part of our Finnair experience.”
Finnair began its Signature Chef program in 2013 and has since worked with a number of chefs from Finland, Japan, China, Korea, and the United States, who have all created their own Signature Menus for Finnair’s business class.
The airline currently flies to seven major airports in Greater China: Beijing Capital, Beijing Daxing, Shanghai, Nanjing, Guangzhou, Xian and Hong Kong.