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Singaporean airlines have the best in-flight meals onboard, as confirmed by the inaugural Asia Pacific Airline Food Awards.
Singapore Airlines (SQ) won the short-haul category, while Tiger emerged as winner in the low-cost category with Scoot coming in second. Both Tiger and Scoot are Singapore Airlines Limited (SIA)-linked firms.
The awards were organised by Skyscanner, a free-to-use flight search engine.
Singapore’s neighbour Garuda Indonesia won first place in the long-haul category, with SQ in third place.
The awards from the travel search site took into consideration survey feedback from 209 participants – travellers and bloggers, to be exact – from across Asia Pacific markets.
Skyscanner rated the in-flight meals of 23 carriers across Asia Pacific and took into consideration taste, presentation and choice. For the low-cost airlines, the value of the meal was also assessed.
SQ has an international culinary panel comprising of Michelin-starred chefs including Singaporean chef Sam Leong of Forest, Resorts World Sentosa, who work closely with airline chefs to design award-winning menus for all seat categories.
The culinary panel also includes kaiseki master, Yoshihiro Murata of Kikunoi (Kyoto, Japan); Carlo Cracco of Ristorante Cracco (Italy); and Suzanne Goin of Tavern (California, USA) among others. Gordon Ramsay was a former member.
Singapore Airlines’ menus are first created in an on-ground, pressurised test kitchen (Wall Street Journal). While Business and First Class are pampered with Champagne, caviar, artisanal chocolate and fine tableware, the economy class service isn’t very far behind in variety.
A standard Economy class meal is four courses on a platter: these include an appetiser or salad, choice of entrée (‘International’ or ‘Traditional’), bread and cheese, and dessert. The menu reflects a variety of cuisines, with an exhaustive range of special meals for religious and dietary restrictions, available upon request.
Prior to this, Singapore Airlines had already been recognized by American food and cookery digital magazine, Epicurious.com, as being among the world’s top five airlines for food lovers.
We aren’t surprised by the wins at all; we have tasted SQ’s in-flight meals, and they’re good.
Article originally written for Hungrygowhere.com