Enoteca Pinchiorri on board with All Nippon Airways
ANA, All Nippon Airways, the only 5-star Japanese airline, has four new partners that are ready to fly on its The Connoisseurs brand. The aim is to provide passengers on international flights departing from Japan with a higher quality of service through the provision of unique food and drink choices developed by globally renowned chefs and other culinary professionals. Since September 2013, The Connoisseurs brand has already established a solid reputation among their passengers.
From September 2014 two more internationally-recognized chefs will provide Western dishes and two top Japanese chefs will provide the Japanese ones, bringing the total number of culinary professionals providing sophisticated in-flight food on ANA to 26.
Enoteca Pinchiorri chef, Annie Feolde (3 Michelin stars), is already known as an internationally famous producer of Italian cuisine; among Pierre Gagnaire (3 Michelin stars), Toru Okuda (3 Michelin stars) and Masayoshi Nishikawa (2 Michelin stars), she is the only woman.
Moreover, Annie Feolde is the first female chef, and the first Italian food expert, to join The Connoisseurs team. In Japan, she has been running the Enoteca Pinchiorri restaurant in Nagoya.
Pierre Gagnaire (3 Michelin stars) is a master of French cuisine well known around the world for his rare artistry and creativity. Pierre has restaurants in many cities throughout the world including London, Moscow and Dubai. He has served Japanese customers with his restaurant at the ANA Intercontinental Tokyo hotel.
Both Pierre and Annie have a long-standing relationship with Japan and a deep knowledge of the Country.
The third new member of The Connoisseurs team is the Japanese chef Toru Okuda (3 Michelin stars). Toru is working to spread the popularity of Japanese food around the world, and last year he opened a namesake restaurant in Paris. Okuda regularly features in the local French media.
The final new member of The Connoisseurs team is Masayoshi Nishikawa (2 Michelin stars), who is based in Kyoto and specialized in formal Japanese kaiseki cuisine. Kyoto is internationally known as a cultural and tourist destination, and Nishikawa is one of the next generation of young chefs upholding the regional culinary traditions.
By the way, ANA is committed to providing a comprehensive range of Japanese dishes to its passengers worldwide. As traditional Japanese cuisine, it enjoys a higher profile all around the world, including recognition by UNESCO of as an intangible cultural heritage asset, they are stepping up these efforts.