September 12 2018  |  Airline & Terminal News

Qatar launches Greek menu on Australian flights

By Rachel Debling

Chef George Calombaris, center

Starting this month, Qatar Airways will be serving a special Greek-inspired menu from Australian chef George Calombaris on flights from Australia to Doha in its First and Business Class cabins.

The new menu has already launched on Qatar's Adelaide, Sydney and Perth routes and will expand to Melbourne at the beginning of October. An Economy Class menu will be released in the first quarter of 2019.

New signature dishes from Calombaris will be introduced on the inflight menus every quarter, with dishes such as avgolemono, a Greek egg and lemon soup that is one of the Chef's personal favorites, and the classic eggplant-based moussaka. First and Business Class guests will be able to choose between Bastourma beef short rib with onions and potato a la greque, or the Fraser Island crab with lemon marmalade and tabbouleh.

Qatar and Calombaris also partnered in 2017 on a celebratory inflight menu to commemorate the introduction of the A380 service on the airline's Melbourne-Doha route.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said in a statement from the airline: “At Qatar Airways, we are committed to offering our passengers the finest cuisine in the sky. We are delighted to work with one of Australia’s best-loved chefs, George Calombaris, for the second time following the success of the limited run menu to commemorate the launch of our A380 service in Melbourne last year. We are excited to be able to bring Calombaris’ signature dishes to more Australian passengers this time around with our year-long partnership, and are certain his flair for creating dishes showcasing classic Greek flavors accompanied by fresh local produce will once again be a hit with our passengers.”

“I am thrilled to work with Qatar Airways for the second consecutive year and make my cuisine available to even more Australian passengers traveling with the airline," Calombaris commented. "It is a privilege to work with a brand that is so committed to excellence, and I am honored that our partnership is continuing into 2018. We look forward to continuously surprise and delight passengers on board with these delicious Greek-inspired dishes.”

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