Air Canada Offers International Business Class Pax A Taste Of Canada

Suzanne Christie

David Hawksworth

David Hawksworth, who is the very creative and celebrated chef at the restaurant bearing his name in Vancouver’s Hotel Georgia, is partnering with Air Canada to design meals for the carrier’s International Business Class ex Canada as well as Maple Leaf lounges. 

As AC focuses on their international route development, effective 01OCT their Biz Class offerings will be highlighting exclusive seasonal selections created by Chef Hawksworth.

The setting to unveil Hawksworth’s special menu items was an elegant affair at Toronto’s Royal Conservatory of Music. The A-list guests were tempted with a few of Hawksworth’s exclusive creations for AC including smoked trout Niçoise salad with roasted garlic aioli as well as yellowfin tuna tataki, scallion ginger vinaigrette, passion fruit & puffed rice. Beautifully presented, the intricate taste combinations leave no doubt that you are enjoying the product of a very high end restaurant.

"We are thrilled to partner with Chef Hawksworth to elevate our dining experience," said Craig Landry, Vice President, Marketing at Air Canada. "As a proud Canadian brand, we see the opportunity to showcase the very best of Canadian-influenced menus designed by one of Canada's most respected and award-winning Chefs.  We have a long history of showcasing the Canadian culinary scene through the annual Air Canada enRoute Canada's Best New Restaurant Program. In fact, Hawksworth was named one of the top 3 restaurants in the country in 2011. We look forward to presenting Chef Hawksworth's innovative, sophisticated dishes in our International Business Class cabins and in our Maple Leaf Lounges. This culinary partnership complements our investments in our state-of-the-art International Business Class product and service enhancements being rolled out across our Boeing 777 and 787 Dreamliner fleets."

"My team and I are relishing the unique challenge of developing dishes that can be enjoyed at 35,000 feet," said Chef Hawksworth. "It's an honour and a pleasure to be invited by Air Canada to share my concept of Canadian cuisine and to create compelling dishes for their passengers that will showcase the very best of our region. I look forward to giving passengers a small taste of my retaurant in Vancouver and taking my personal culinary philosophy to new heights with Air Canada."

A native Vancouverite who spent a decade honing his talents in Europe working in Michelin-starred kitchens such as Le Manoir aux Quat' Saisons, L'Escargot and The Square , David Hawksworth has emerged as one of Canada's leading culinary talents. In 2008 David was named to Western Living's 'Top 40 under 40' and became the youngest chef inductee in to the BC Restaurant Hall of Fame. In 2013 he launched the Hawksworth Young Chef Scholarship Foundation , which annually awards $10,000 to boost the career of a young professional chef. 

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