As of the writing of this story, the waitlist for a table at chef Julien Royer’s contemporary French restaurant, Odette, stands at about three months. This comes as little surprise, given that the two Michelin-star restaurant recently also clinched the number one spot on the Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants list – knocking out Bangkok’s Gaggan, which had previously held the title for four consecutive years. On Air France’s Singapore to Paris leg, however, Royer’s cuisine is a matter of course.
The topic of airline food might be a dated, low-hanging fruit for comedians, but it is serious business for France’s national carrier, which has a long history of working with renowned chefs as part of its “Oh My Chef!” programme – names on the roster include Anne Sophie Pic of the three Michelin-star Maison Pic; and French-American restaurateur chef Daniel Boulud.
Until the end of next March, Air France will be serving 12 main dishes created by Royer as part of its “Oh My Chef!” series of collaborations. Each dish will be on the in-flight menu for two months before changing, with six created for business class, and six slightly more luxurious ones for La Premiere — the French airline’s equivalent of first class.
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The carrier’s collaboration with Royer began when its country manager for Singapore, Nicolas Ricard, first tasted the chef’s