Finnair has announced a new partnership with Finnish Chef Eero Vottonen for the airline's latest Signature Menu collaboration. The Signature Menu cooperation with Eero Vottonen will bring true Nordic elements to Finnair's long-haul business class customers flying out of Helsinki to all destinations as of 11 January 2017.
Last year, Eero Vottonen was selected as Finland's candidate for the prestigious Bocuse d'Or competition taking place in Lyon, France in 2017. The Bocuse D'Or is arguably the biggest culinary competition in the world, bringing 24 chefs from different countries to compete on the international stage. During his career, Vottonen has worked in the top kitchens of Finland including restaurants such as Chez Dominique, Luomo, G.W. Sundmans and Olo.
"Eero has fast become one of the best chefs in Scandinavia and we are very excited to offer our long-haul business class passengers with his exceptional food," said Finnair Head of In-Flight Service, Maarit Keränen.
"With next year marking Finland's centennial anniversary, it's a great opportunity for us to collaborate with Finland's candidate for the Bocuse d'Or competition. We'd like to wish Eero all the best as he sets his sights on the final preparations for the prestigious event in January."
"Throughout the past few years, I've been fortunate enough to have the chance to work with many top chefs and I've learned a wide variety of ways and views on food through these experiences," said Eero Vottonen.
"The philosophy I bring to cooking is actually quite simple, the flavour always comes first and I want to use quality ingredients that are sourced from nearby suppliers."
Finnair flies between Asia, Europe and North America with an emphasis on fast connections via Helsinki, carrying more than nine million passengers annually and connecting 17 cities in Asia and 3 cities in North America with more than 60 destinations in Europe.
Finnair offers excellent connections from Australia with oneworld partners and was named Best International Airline – Offline Carrier in the prestigious AFTA National Travel Industry Awards in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016.