Lufthansa gets passengers into the World Cup spirit
Wednesday 28, April 2010
The World Cup is the inspiration for Lufthansa’s inflight culinary offerings in May and June. During those two months, First and Business Class passengers on all long-haul flights from Germany will have an opportunity to enjoy menus created by Holger Stromberg.
Since 2007 the young, starrated chef has also been chef to Germany's national football team and a member of the squad's official support team. On 6 June, he will therefore travel to the World Cup along with the players on Lufthansa's inaugural flight with the A380 to Johannesburg.
And here is a taster of some of Holger Stromberg's creations that will be offered above the clouds. The selection of hors d'oeuvres in First Class includes mousse and salad of green and white asparagus, breast of quail on mango and peperonata chutney and potato terrine with white chocolate, North Sea shrimps and lettuce jus with parsley oil. As a main dish, passengers can choose saddle of veal with cocoa, rhubarb, shallot compote and potato gnocchi or olive and brittle crusted black halibut, orange and peppercorn sauce, leaf spinach and Parisienne potatoes. Also on offer are coq au vin of spring chicken, pearl onions, parsley puree and Venus rice and a classic asparagus dish. For dessert, passengers have a choice of woodruff and prosecco jelly with white chocolate mousse and fresh berries or strawberry and coconut tartlet with passion fruit coulis served with vanilla ice cream.
Rolo of free-range chicken with sel rosé, creamy kohlrabi salad and blueberries – that is certainly the most sophisticated starter in Business Class. But the marinated salmon topped with watercress and cream cheese, celery and apricot salad and blossom sauce also promises to be a culinary delight. As a main course, passengers in Business Class can choose between beef roulade Gasthaus Stromberg-style filled with vegetables in jus, onions marinated in red wine and potato mash, pikeperch with caramelised beluga lentil stew and millet galettes or ravioli filled with cauliflower and Parmesan cream, cashew nut, macadamia nut and Pecorino cheese pesto and caramelised garlic. And to top off the meal, there is elderflower cream with Indian long pepper and rhubarb compote or fruit salad with lychees and pistachios. For those who prefer something a little more savoury, there is Bavaria Blu and Rahmberg cheese with roasted pine nuts, lavender and truffle oil.
Passengers who like more substantial fare will also find something to their taste. As a second meal on westbound long-haul flights, hearty specialities will be offered. These include Holger Stromberg's famous curry sausage with spicy potato wedges and vegetarian lard Waltrop-style on pumpernickel will be offered.
Holger Stromberg was born in Münster and grew up in an established family of restaurateurs. At the young age of 23 he received a Michelin star at the Goldschmieding Restaurant in Castrop-Rauxel. His professional career subsequently took him to the Schwarzer Adler in Oberbergen, the Linde in Oberboihingen, Le Crocodile in Strasbourg and Mark's Restaurant in the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Munich, where he was chef de cuisine. As a founding member of a breakaway group of new German chefs known as "Die Jungen Wilden" (The Young Wild Ones), and since 2004 as its president, Holger Stromberg is committed to young, fresh, avantgarde cooking and gastronomy concepts. Since 2003, with his own event catering company, he has been offering a wing range of services, ranging from nutritional advice to cookery courses and catering. He is also the author of several cookery books and, on top of all that, he runs his parents' restaurant – Gasthaus Stromberg – in Waltrop.
Lufthansa Star Chef programme
Since January 2000, Lufthansa has taken its First and Business Class passengers to new culinary heights. Imaginative menus, created by top chefs from all over the world, make a Lufthansa flight a truly heavenly experience. To date, such international celebrities as Harald Wohlfahrt (Baiersbronn), Dieter Müller (Bergisch Gladbach), Frank Zlomke (Paarl, South Africa), Daniel Boulud (New York) and Paul Bocuse (Lyon) have been engaged as Lufthansa "Star Chefs". In addition, since the beginning of 2005, internationally renowned chefs have created special menus on selected long-haul routes from Germany to reflect the culinary tastes and traditions of the respective destination.
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