It’s been a busy few months for Cass Titcombe, head chef and co-founder of award-winning British restaurant Canteen. In December, he launched its third branch on London’s Baker Street, he’s about to open a fourth at Canary Wharf in September, and he’s just come on board at British Airways to inject more Britishness into the menus.
On flights from London in British Airways First and Club World, seasonal dishes showcasing the best of local produce are being served. As part of BA’s Taste Team – alongside renowned chefs such as Michel Roux, Shaun Hill, Liam Tomlin and Vineet Bhatia – Titcombe’s task is to create menus informed by his own modern take on British cuisine.
‘Everything I do will be based on what’s on the menu at Canteen. For instance, we serve a daily, changing stew, so, for British Airways, I might do a summery dish of slow-cooked lamb with new potatoes, peas and spinach,’ he explains.
Steve Walpole, senior executive chef at British Airways' catering supplier Gate Gourmet , says, ‘Since working for Gate Gourmet on the British Airways menus, I’ve always felt that the offering should be great British food with international influences. We can source fantastic seasonal ingredients, which can be used to create inventive but classic dishes.’
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