SWISS serves up inflight delights from Canton Lucerne

3 March 2010

Swiss International Air Lines has turned to the Lucerne region for the latest chapter in its “SWISS Taste of Switzerland” inflight culinary programme. Johan Breedijk, chef de cuisine at the ART DECO HOTEL MONTANA, has created a range of tasty meals that will be served to SWISS First and Business Class guests aloft from today and for the next three months.

SWISS customers travelling in First and Business Class on intercontinental services from Switzerland (and on selected inbound flights) will be enjoying specially-created culinary delights from the Lucerne region over the next three months. The new meals, which are introduced today, will also be served to Business Class travellers on longer outbound European flights.

The Mediterranean-inspired creations of Johan Breedijk, the 15-GaultMillau-point chef de cuisine at the ART DECO HOTEL MONTANA in Lucerne, are hallmarked by their use of seasonal ingredients and fresh spices and herbs. SWISS Business customers will enjoy such delicious starters as roast beef with mango and chilli chutney, rocket, Parmesan shavings and pesto vinaigrette; and for their main course Johan Breedijk offers delights such as grilled brook trout with mascarpone sauce, wasabi and vegetable risotto and spinach.

For SWISS First travellers, the inflight highlights include scallop and ratatouille with watercress panna cotta, followed by such main-course delights as veal steak with basil and passion fruit crust, veal jus and fregola pasta risotto. The gourmet experience is rounded off with such treats as white chocolate semifreddo with marinated strawberries and pistachios in First Class, or amarena cherry and hazelnut mousse with strawberry compote and sweet basil pesto in Business.

The ART DECO HOTEL MONTANA in Lucerne is the 28th stop on SWISS’s current tour of the country’s leading kitchens under its “SWISS Taste of Switzerland” culinary concept. The programme was launched in 2002, and has already earned the inflight catering industry’s Mercury Award for its innovative approach.

The stylish ART DECO HOTEL MONTANA has every reason to celebrate this year. The hotel has been delighting guests for exactly 100 years – not merely through its excellent cuisine, but also with its unparalleled panoramic views, its 67 wonderful and freshly-refurbished Art Deco rooms and suites and its top events and cultural programmes. The establishment, which has been regularly voted best four-star city hotel in Switzerland for several years now, has also embarked on its centenary by creating six new penthouse spa suites on its sixth floor.

The Lake Lucerne region also offers visitors an unforgettable stay. Not for nothing is the region, which lies at the heart of the country in both geographical and historical terms. The city of Lucerne itself, standing on the beautiful lake of the same name, offers a vast range of arts and culture including the annual Lucerne Festival, along with such world-famous sights as its Chapel Bridge; and the city is surrounded by impressive peaks – many of which can be easily ascended by train or cable car – and a delightful natural world. With its central location, its excellent public-transport links to Zurich and its first-class conference facilities, Lucerne is an ideal destination for both business travellers and vacationing guests.