After a cross-country search, Air Canada selected award-winning Canadian chef David Hawksworth, owner of Hawksworth Restaurant in Vancouver, to design an array of signature dishes, which will be featured in the carrier’s International Business Class and in its Maple Leaf Lounges.
The partnership will see Hawksworth collaborate with and guide Air Canada’s flight caterers and Maple Leaf Lounge providers to create a selection of seasonal dining options that complement the carrier’s current route-inspired dining options on international flights.
“We are thrilled to partner with Chef Hawksworth to elevate our dining experience,” said Craig Landry, vice-president, Marketing at Air Canada. “As a proud Canadian brand, we see the opportunity to showcase the very best of Canadian-influenced menus designed by one of Canada’s most respected and award-winning Chefs. We have a long history of showcasing the Canadian culinary scene through the annual Air Canada enRoute Canada’s Best New Restaurant Program. In fact, Hawksworth was named one of the top three restaurants in the country in 2011.
“We look forward to presenting Chef Hawksworth’s innovative, sophisticated dishes in our International Business Class cabins and in our Maple Leaf Lounges. This culinary partnership complements our investments in our state-of-the-art International Business Class product and service enhancements being rolled out across our Boeing 777 and 787 Dreamliner fleets,” concluded Mr. Landry.
“My team and I are relishing the unique challenge of developing dishes that can be enjoyed at 35,000 feet,” says Chef David Hawksworth. “It’s an honour and a pleasure to be invited by Air Canada to share my concept of Canadian cuisine and to create compelling dishes for their passengers that will showcase the very best of our region. I look forward to giving passengers a small taste of my restaurant here in Vancouver and taking my personal culinary philosophy to new heights with Air Canada.”
Hawksworth’s dishes will be featured first on flights beginning October 1. The dishes include:
- Yellowfin tuna tataki appetizer served with scallion ginger vinaigrette, passion fruit and puffed rice
- Tamari roasted sablefish main course served with bok choy, brown rice and chili miso vinaigrette
- Decadent dark chocolate fondant with blackberry compot
In addition, International Maple Leaf Lounges will feature a Mediterranean quinoa salad with tomato, olive, cucumber, feta and arugula.