22 March, 2018

Chris Cosentino in culinary collaboration with Hong Kong Airlines

Hong Kong Airlines has announced a new culinary collaboration with San Francisco-based celebrity chef and television personality Chris Cosentino before its inaugural flight to San Francisco. Chef Cosentino is known for his San Francisco restaurant, Cockscomb, where he reinterprets classic San Francisco dishes by adding his own unique twist. He is also known as the winner of Top Chef Masters, a contestant on The Next Iron Chef and his appearance on Iron Chef America in addition to his extensive work raising awareness and funds for Chefs Cycle for No Kid Hungry, a national charity fighting to end childhood hunger.

"I'm thrilled to be collaborating with Hong Kong Airlines on this exciting project. There are so many similarities between what I do at Cockscomb every day and what they do in the air so there was a natural synergy from the beginning. I'm really looking forward to being a part of another group that puts their guests first and truly values hospitality above all else," said Cosentino.

He added: "I've been mesmerized with Hong Kong for years and am excited that more people will get to explore its vibrant culture and rich culinary history via this new route."

Hong Kong Airlines is bringing Chef Cosentino's flair for innovative cuisine onboard its flights out of San Francisco, and will offer a new Business Class in-flight menu consisting of delectable dishes – described by the chef as "big in flavour, rich in texture." Chef Cosentino has designed a comprehensive menu of 12 dishes, consisting of a series of appetizers, main courses and desserts that will be rotated regularly. Highlights include charred avocado & shrimp louie; roasted chicken breast persillade, celery root puree & oyster mushrooms; as well as chocolate cremeaux & fennel pollen shortbread cookies. Chef Cosentino's new menu will also be expanded to flights out of Los Angeles later in the year.

Mr George Liu, Hong Kong Airline's Chief Marketing Officer, commented: "Hong Kong Airlines remain committed to offering the very best in-flight dining experience to our customers. Having already previously worked with several well-established names within the culinary field, we are now extremely excited to partner with Chef Cosentino who has created a hearty menu filled with dishes that showcase popular San Franciscan cuisine with his very own signature twist."

Established in 2006, Hong Kong Airlines is a full-service airline firmly rooted in Hong Kong. The airline flies to nearly 40 destinations across Asia Pacific and North America and also maintains codeshare and interline agreements with 95 airline partners. Hong Kong Airlines has been awarded the four-star rating by Skytrax. Hong Kong Airlines has also been recognised for its excellent On-Time Performance, having been ranked by air travel intelligence company OAG as Asia's most punctual airline and the second globally in 2017.