Plane truth: Airlines concerned about food safety, not taste
April 3rd, 2012
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If you need one golden strategy for ordering your in-flight meal, it's this: always order the stew.

If the stew's not available, go for fried rice and fatty fish. Pasta, noodles, chicken breast or anything deep-fried does not fare so well in the harsh conditions of the aircraft galley.

These recommendations come straight from the people tasked with making the millions of meals served in-flight every day, such as Fritz Gross, director of culinary excellence at LSG Sky Chefs Asia Pacific.

As the guy in charge of LSG Sky Chefs' Hong Kong operation, which churns out 30,000 meals daily for airlines such as DragonAir, United Airlines and British Airways, Gross' challenge is a tough one: serve hundreds of people quality meals, but do so with no knives, no crème brûlée blow torches (or indeed any fancy equipment) and with no fresh ingredients at the point of service.

Read the full story: "Skip the pasta! And other unsavory truths about airplane food"

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  2. RichardHead

    And then there was the Lady that found maggots in the bag of Trail Mix she was given on a recent flight. Maybe taste would be a good thing along with food safety.

    April 3, 2012 at 3:10 pm | Reply
  3. Mildred

    And my fiance is flying today.

    April 3, 2012 at 12:45 pm | Reply
  4. AleeD®

    It's rare for us to be on a flight long enough to get more than a bag of pretzels & a cup of Bloody Mary mix over ice. A four hour flight garnered us that airline's beverage service on the flight out, but on the way back, they said the flight was too short for said service. Talk about having you by your short and .....

    April 3, 2012 at 12:16 pm | Reply
    • Mildred

      Within the US, about the only way to possibly get a meal in coach is if you manage a non-stop flight that covers more than half of the width of the lower 48 states. And even then you're paying for a sandwich if you're lucky.

      Although United/Continental has a pretty decent and tasty "Mediterranean Tapas" box of snacks that would work as a full meal (especially if you're a vegetarian).

      April 3, 2012 at 12:59 pm | Reply

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