Finnair unveils its first Japanese Signature Menu chef

Finnair continues its Signature Chef program by introducing the airline’s first Japanese Signature Chef.

Finnair Corporate Sales Manager Australia, Sanna Ruuskanen said Tokyo-based top chef, Rika Maezawa, had designed a series of five seasonal signature menus to be served in the Business class of Finnair´s flights from Tokyo to Helsinki commencing 7 February 2018.

Rika Maezawa opened her first restaurant in Tokyo in 2003 after receiving training at several well-known Japanese restaurants.

Her food philosophy places a strong focus on vegetables and seasonal flavours from Japanese home cooking.

She also takes her inspiration from Japan’s history - as far as the Edo period from 1603 to 1868 - as well as from overseas influences to create modern yet nostalgic vegetable centric meals that go beyond the conventional boundaries of Japanese cuisine.

“Beautiful Japanese sceneries of each season are incorporated into these in-flight meals,” said Rika Maezawa about her food philosophy and the meals she created for Finnair.

“Through my cuisine, I would like to share with travellers the unique Japanese sentiments and sense of season. I have used ingredients from both Japan and abroad so that it may taste familiar to both Japanese and non-Japanese customers.”

“We are very delighted about our new co-operation with our first Japanese Signature Chef, Rika Maezawa,” said Finnair Head of Inflight Service, Maarit Keränen.

“Food plays an important role in our customer experience, and I am sure our customers will enjoy the Japanese seasonal flavours that Ms. Maezawa’s meals will bring onboard.”

Finnair started its Signature Chef program in 2013 and has worked since then with a series of acclaimed chefs, who have created their own Signature Menus for Finnair’s Business class.

Finnair offers excellent connections from Australia with oneworld partners to 19 destinations in Asia and seven in the Americas plus more than 100 Europe destinations.

Finnair was named Best International Airline – Offline in the prestigious 2017 AFTA National Travel Industry Awards for the fifth consecutive year.

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