“When you get into the larger aircraft it becomes like a hotel, with dozens of staff supporting the plane based in a galley area down below. You have very comprehensive cooking facilities, and on larger aircraft we have looked at theatres, with spiral staircases and a Steinway grand piano. The limitations for what you can put inside a plane are pretty much the limits of physics, and even money cannot always overcome that. Even so, people are still always trying to push [the limits]. ”
Haute Cuisine: Jumbo prawns
The dish: Jumbo prawns hand-rubbed in a selection of dried chilis and served with mangoes, tomatoes, cucumbers and cotilla cheese with choice of dressing.
The caterer: In Flight Services, Phoenix, (866) 844-2300.
In Flight is a regional aircraft caterer operating from airports in Arizona (Scottsdale, Phoenix, Deer Valley, Falcon Goodyear and Williams Gateway), Southern California (from Orange County to San Diego) and New Mexico (including Albuquerque and Santa Fe). The company also provides personal shopping services. The caterer-whose clients range from corporations and fractional owners to sports teams and airline charters-provides periodic coaching to flight attendants on such topics as site preparation, wine pairing, heating and cooking. While In Flight features an extensive menu, it does accommodate custom orders. It will supply VIP silverware, glassware, china and linen upon request.