Cathay Pacific has announced that from June 1st 2016 it will serve new inflight dining options that were designed in cooperation with Hyatt Hotels chefs from key properties around the globe.
What is interesting about this announcement is that as it appears these dishes are also going to be served in Economy Class (at least from the look of the dishes).
This is a rarity as signature dishes are usually reserved for First and Business Class on airlines who run such advertisements.
You can access Cathay Pacific’s announcement on their website (see here).
Cathay Pacific Airways and Hyatt Hotels and Resorts announced their global collaboration today, offering specially designed menus by star chefs at Grand Hyatt Hong Kong and five Park Hyatt hotels globally to Cathay Pacific passengers. The cooperation will mark the most expansive inflight dining experience of its kind for both Cathay Pacific and Hyatt Hotels and Resorts.
Available beginning 1 June 2016 and running until mid-2017, Cathay Pacific’s passengers will have the opportunity to enjoy signature dishes from flagship restaurants and chefs.
Commenting on the collaboration with Hyatt Hotels and Resorts, Cathay Pacific Head of Catering Aaron Claxton said: “At Cathay Pacific, we are committed to offering passengers the highest quality products and services as well as a memorable inflight dining experience. We are therefore delighted to team up with Hyatt Hotels and Resorts and its award-winning restaurants across our network, creating a set of exciting new inflight menus for our passengers flying to various destinations around the world.
This marks the first time we have forged a global collaboration with a world-renowned hotel brand to offer passengers such signature dishes across all our onboard cabins. The new inflight menus are set to enhance the overall inflight dining experience for our passengers, helping them to live a life well travelled.”
The new menus will be available on rotation onboard the Cathay Pacific flights, and dishes will be prepared with all the care and attention that each chef would use in their own kitchen, using exactly the same techniques. In addition, the participating Hyatt restaurants have sourced select ingredients from around the world, especially those that support local businesses.
While this sounds all nice and well I never found a big difference or huge leap in quality with these specially designed dished of celebrity chefs. If at all the meal options look very nice on the picture and sound delicious but one should consider they are being ultimately put together (re-heated) in the galley of an airplane by flight attendants and not professional chefs in a fully equipped kitchen.
More often than not the flight attendants mess it up (even in First Class) which reduces the dish to a quality which the chef who designed it would never sign off on in his own restaurant. And lets not forget the dishes are all prepared at the LSG/Gategourmet caterer kitchen who then delivers it to the aircraft. Except the Hyatt or Restaurants emblem, the chefs picture and his initial design of the plate there will be very little these dishes have in common with how it would look and taste on the ground.
Hyatt is known for excellent Food & Beverage options in most of their upscale hotels though and they also have some great chefs (I know two of those on the list personally from Hyatt Hotels where they previously worked at).
I still think this is a great promotion that Cathay Pacific and Hyatt are running to have a few interesting dining options available. I have a few tickets on Cathay Pacific booked over the next 6 months and I’m curious how these meals are gonna look like!