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Foliage chef Chris Staines to create menus for Lufthansa

20 November 2008 by

Michelin-starred chef Chris Staines, head chef at London restaurant Foliage, has been appointed by Lufthansa as the German airline's first British star chef.

Staines, who has been at the helm of the restaurant at the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park hotel for six years, will create menus for Lufthansa's long-haul first and business class passengers in January and February.

He has created a menu including dishes such as fish and chips with sauce remoulade and mushy peas; and fillet of beef Wellington with truffle jus, carrots and broccoli for first class travellers, as well as fettucine pasta with creamy mushroom sauce and white Cheddar for passengers in business class.

As the first British chef to be appointed by Lufthansa, Staines joins a list of high calibre chefs including Paul Bocuse, Daniel Boulud and Dieter Müller, who have all created menus for the airline's first and business class passengers.

At an event at Foliage earlier this week, Lufthansa's vice president of sales and services for Europe Dr Karsten Benz said that while British cuisine hasn't had the best reputation in Germany, a new generation of chefs including Staines has helped to overthrow its negative image.

"Staines will be showcasing the best of British and it is fitting that the food from the home country of our European headquarters is now being recognised in this way," he said.

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By Kerstin Kühn

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