Qatar Airways rolls out "five-star menu" to assembled journalists in Washington, DC

On September 25 a group of media guests were treated to five-star dining and comfort onboard a Qatar Airways Boeing (NYSE: BA) 777-300ER on the Washington Dulles International Airport tarmac the Middle Eastern carrier said.

Qatar Airways said it invited food, travel, and local journalists to a unique Airplane Dinner showcasing the airline´s Culinary World Menu. The event is the first of its kind ever staged in the history of the airline, it said.

Guests ordered from an a-la-carte menu–designed by Chefs Nobu Matsuhisa, Tom Aikens, Vineet Bhatia, and Ramzi Choueiri–all while parked at the gate.

Qatar Airways said the the aircraft was literally a converted restaurant, where diners enjoyed delicacies such as mushroom rice fritters by Bhatia, fillet of beef anticucho by Nobu and braburn apple puree with vanilla creme by Aikens. The chefs, who have earned a combined five Michelin stars, worked together to make sure the menu represented the diversity of Qatar Airways´ clients, blending dishes from all over the globe.

Guests were also introduced to James Cluer, the Qatar Airways master of wine, who showcased the airline´s unique champagne and wine selections and discussed how taste palates change at high altitude and the challenge of choosing the best vintages for the rarefied air of 35,000 feet.

The evening was part of a series of events celebrating the airline´s “World´s Best Business Class” award (Skytrax 2013). In July, the airline set up a lounge at the AT&T (NYSE: T) Best of Washington gala that featured the Boeing 777 Business Class seat display.

Cabin crew showcased key features of the seat, including full-size pillows, personal 17-inch touch-screen TVs, and in-seat massage settings. Qatar Airways also presented a similar exhibit at a charity event in Chicago earlier this month.

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