All Nippon Airways expands its THE CONNOISSEURS culinary program with traditional Japanese cuisine of Yoshihiro Takahashi

All Nippon Airways expands its THE CONNOISSEURS culinary program with traditional Japanese cuisine of Yoshihiro Takahashi

  • Takahashi is the owner chef at Hyotei, a Kyoto restaurant renowned for its traditional Japanese cuisine with its history over 400 years.
  • His meals will be served to North America and Europe -bound first-class passengers from September to November 2021.

Tokyo, Japan, 2020-Nov-19 — /Travel PR News/ — All Nippon Airways (ANA), Japan’s largest and 5-Star airline for eight consecutive years will expand upon its prestigious THE CONNOISSEURS culinary program by adding the traditional Japanese cuisine of Yoshihiro Takahashi to North America and Europe -bound flights from September to November 2021. Takahashi joins a list of elite chefs who have been selected to participate in THE CONNOISSEURS program since its inception in 2013.

“Maximizing the passenger experience and comfort have always been an integral part of our approach to offering unrivaled service,” said Hideki Kunugi, Executive Vice President of ANA. “THE CONNOISSEURS is an example of how we apply these values in all areas of operation and constantly strive to improve the in-flight experience. Since its launch THE CONNOISSEURS program has been highly praised by passengers and culinary enthusiasts both in Japan and internationally. By adding Takahashi to our list of participating chefs, passengers will be able to enjoy a truly distinct and authentic dining experience.”

Takahashi is the owner chef at the Kyoto restaurant Hyotei and received three Michelin stars in the Michelin guide for 12 consecutive years including 2020. The history of Hyotei dates back over 400 years, and Takahashi represents the 15th generation to run the restaurant. Throughout its history, Hyotei – which is based within the grounds of the Nanzenji temple in Kyoto – has preserved its tradition of culinary excellence and legacy while continuing to evolve and adapt to contemporary styles and changes in both cuisine and culture.

Hyotei’s cuisine will be available to First Class Passengers on flights departing Japan bound for North America and Europe from September to November 2021. Additional information and menu details will be available online beginning in August 2021.

ANA is committed to delivering the best possible flight experience to its passengers and will continue partnering with leaders in a range of fields that embody ANA’s dedication to excellence.

About ANA

Following the “Inspiration of Japan” high quality of service, ANA has been awarded the respected 5-Star rating every year since 2013 from SKYTRAX. ANA is the only Japanese airline to win this prestigious designation seven years in a row. Additionally, ANA has been recognized by Air Transport World as “Airline of the Year” three times in the past 10 years – 2007, 2013 and 2018, becoming one of the few airlines winning this prestigious award for multiple times.

ANA was founded in 1952 with two helicopters and has become the largest airline in Japan, as well as one of the most significant airlines in Asia, operating 78 international routes and 118 domestic routes. ANA offers a unique dual hub model which enables passengers to travel to Tokyo and connect through the two airports in the metropolitan Tokyo, NARITA and HANEDA, to various destinations throughout Japan, and also offers same day connections between various North American, Asian and Chinese cities.

ANA has been a member of Star Alliance since 1999 and has joint venture partnerships with United Airlines, Lufthansa German Airlines, Swiss International Airlines and Austrian Airlines.

In addition to the full service and award-winning record of ANA, the ANA Group’s subsidiary Peach Aviation Limited is the leading LCC in Japan, and has expanded following the integration of Vanilla Air Inc. in late 2019. The ANA Group carried 54.4 million passengers in FY2018, has approximately 43,000 employees and a fleet of 260 aircraft. ANA is a proud launch customer and the biggest operator of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

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Source: All Nippon Airways