Airline foodservice specialist Alpha LSG opened a premium kitchen facility and its own culinary academy at London Heathrow yesterday, after the concept was successfully trialled at London Gatwick.
From February the kitchen will cater for more than 40 airlines, and supply around 24,500 flights a year. It has the ability to produce 76,500 meals a day.
The academy is being run in partnership with the Craft Guild of Chefs, with 120 Alpha LSG chefs accredited to the Guild. Former chef to Prince Charles, Chris Barber, is a specialist consultant on the premium kitchen programme, and helps lead the mentoring and training of the team.
Alex Forbes, Alpha LSG's chief operating officer, said: "Our new state-of-the-art premium kitchen is an exciting creation that will set the benchmark for airline catering. We have increased our focus, efficiency and expertise in our key service areas: food production; food development and innovation; and logistics."
Commenting on the academy, Marc Warde, premium kitchen director, added: "Our culinary academy will allow our chefs to showcase their skills across various cuisines and use the latest in kitchen technology - providing the ideal space to do things differently, think creatively and stand out from the crowd."
Alpha LSG was formed in 2012 by Alpha Flight Group and LSG Sky Chefs. It employs over 3,400 people across 16 major airports in the UK, including Heathrow, Gatwick, Manchester, Edinburgh, Newcastle, Bristol, Leeds-Bradford and Belfast.