Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search


Celebrity Treatment At Ground and In the Air

Air New Zealand Food Gets Celebrity Treatment At Ground Level As Well As In The Air

Air New Zealand, one of the first airlines to take top chefs into the air, is now delivering this concept on New Zealand soil.

Following the success of the acclaimed chef programme for long-haul flights,

the airline has appointed an award-winning New Zealand chef to overhaul Koru Lounge cuisine in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

Joining the airline's quartet of acclaimed inflight chefs - Peter Gordon of The Providores and formerly The Sugar Club in London, Philip Johnson of e'cco in Brisbane, Chef Katsuo 'Suki' Sigiura of the Beverly Hills Hotel, Los Angeles and Tony Adcock of Auckland's Harbourside - is Rex Morgan of newly opened Citron, Wellington.

As New Zealand's Chef of the Nation in 2001 and just voted Des Britten Wellington Chef of the Year 2002-2003 for his work at the acclaimed Bouquet Garni restaurant, Rex's task has been to revolutionise the Koru Lounge food offering.

"The aim was to move away from the select-a-sandwich style and introduce innovative café cuisine with restaurant quality food," he explained.

"We wanted taste to come first. Our aim is to exceed peoples' expectations so eating in the Koru Lounge isn't just a case of refuelling, it's a pleasurable experience."

Huntly-born Rex, who trained at Waikato Polytechnic, spent two and a half years overseas developing his skills in Switzerland, Paris and London before returning home to work at Huka Lodge, Taupo and the Icon restaurant at Te Papa in Wellington. He has just opened his own restaurant, Citron, in Willis Street, Wellington.

Peter Gordon, back in New Zealand briefly, met up especially with Rex to welcome him onboard the Air New Zealand chef team.

"Rex has all those qualities that are best about New Zealand chefs - an obsession with flavour and quality plus the belief that things can, and often should, be done differently," he said.

"It's great to see the attention that we, as international chefs, focus on Air New Zealand's inflight food offshore, being given to the new Koru Lounge offering on the ground in New Zealand."

The new-style Koru Lounge food, created by Rex Morgan, is now being served in the key Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch domestic lounges.

© Scoop Media

Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines


Media Mega Merger: StuffMe Hearing Argues Over Moveable Feast

New Zealand's two largest news publishers are appealing against the Commerce Commission's rejection of the proposal to merge their operations. More>>


Approval: Northern Corridor Decision Released

The approval gives the green light to construction of the last link of Auckland’s Western Ring Route, providing an alternative route from South Auckland to the North Shore. More>>


Crown Accounts: $4.1 Billion Surplus

The New Zealand Government has achieved its third fiscal surplus in a row with the Crown accounts for the year ended 30 June 2017 showing an OBEGAL surplus of $4.1 billion, $2.2 billion stronger than last year, Finance Minister Steven Joyce says. More>>


Mycoplasma Bovis: One New Property Tests Positive

The newly identified property... was already under a Restricted Place notice under the Biosecurity Act. More>>

Accounting Scandal: Suspension Of Fuji Xerox From All-Of-Government Contract

General Manager of New Zealand Government Procurement John Ivil says, “FXNZ has been formally suspended from the Print Technology and Associated Services (PTAS) contract and terminated from the Office Supplies contract.” More>>