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Discovering the Top Picks of ‘SWISS Taste of Switzerland’

Business and first class guests on long-haul flights from Switzerland can choose from guest chefs’ best creations

September 3, 2021

SWISS, Switzerland’s largest airline, is offering business and first class guests a selection of the best top chefs’ creations of the past few years under its ‘SWISS Taste of Switzerland’ program on long-haul services from Switzerland.

For the next six months, the carrier is offering business and first class travelers selected creations from top Switzerland-based chefs who have participated in the airline’s ‘SWISS Taste of Switzerland’ inflight culinary program over the past few years. The dishes, which are accompanied by Swiss regional wines and specialty cheeses, reflect the broad variety of Switzerland’s cuisine.

Since the award-winning program began in 2002, 70 guest chefs from all the country’s cantons have been spotlighted on board. The program is currently featuring Silvia Manser, Silvio Germann, Jean-Marc Soldati, Mike Wehrle, Thomas Amstutz, Hans-Jörg and Anja Zingg, Franck Reynaud, Christian Kuchler, Lorenzo Albrici and Rolf Hiltl.

SWISS first class travelers can look forward to two dishes from Mike Wehrle of Bürgenstock Hotels & Resorts: A starter of marinated lobster with pecorino cheese and cauliflower panna cotta, followed by veal tenderloin with black truffle sauce.

The choice of main courses includes sautéed cod with seafood nage and potato and fennel brandade, the creation of Silvio Germann of IGNIV by Andreas Caminada in Bad Ragaz. The SWISS first menu is rounded off by a choice of two desserts which includes a blueberry slice with chocolate crumble and Appenzeller beer ice cream by Silvia Manser of Restaurant Truube in Gais.

First class guests can also enjoy a selection of specialty Swiss cheeses that include an Aletsch Grand Cru from Canton Valais and a Swiss Style 10, which is Switzerland’s homage to Britain’s Stilton cheese.

The choice of Swiss wines on offer includes a Chasselas Clos du Boux 2020 Grand Cru Epesses from Luc Massy of Canton Vaud and a Ligornetto 2018 DOC Ticino red from Luigi Zanini of Canton Ticino.

For SWISS business class travelers, the choice of SWISS Taste of Switzerland starters includes a new vegetarian option: A beetroot tabbouleh with green pea guacamole from Zurich’s Hiltl vegetarian restaurant, which is offered alongside a Balik salmon sashimi with avocado, cucumber, and wasabi vinaigrette by Christian Kuchler of the Taverne zum Schäfli in Wigoltingen.

Business class guests have a choice of main courses, too, which includes a meatloaf with morel sauce created by Anja and Hans-Jörg Zingg of the el paradiso Mountain Club in St. Moritz. The menu concludes with the sweet delight of a cheesecake with chocolate sponge and citrus fruits by Franck Reynaud of the Hostellerie du Pas de l’Ours in Crans-Montana.

The specialty cheeses on offer to SWISS business guests include a Passo dello Spluga from the Splügen Alpine Dairy and a Fette Berta by Ueli Moser from the Seeland region. The choice of Swiss wines are a Château de Châtagneréaz 2019 Chasselas from Canton Vaud and a Syrah Classique AOC 2019 from the Domaine Jean-René Germanier in Canton Valais.

Casual Dining & Bistro Menu

SWISS now also offers its business class travelers a new service concept on all long-haul flights. In addition to the traditional ‘restaurant’ service in which the meals are served one course at a time, guests can now take advantage of a new ‘casual dining’ option in which they receive their starter, main course, and dessert to be served at a time of their choosing all at once. The new service options enable the guest to tailor their inflight experience even more closely to their specific wishes and needs.

In addition, a new ‘SWISS Bistro’ concept offers a menu that includes a range of hot items (such as a Swiss prime beef burger with coleslaw salad), cold items and snacks according to their individual tastes and hunger, at any time after the main service until shortly prior to landing.

The enhanced business and first class services come as the airline is also rolling out a new premium economy class cabin aboard its entire 777-300ER fleet. The new cabin features 24 spacious seats and services upgrades.

SWISS is part of the Lufthansa Group and a member of Star Alliance.