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 November 20, 2013
Finnair Offers New Signature Menus By Top Finnish Chefs

 As part of a meal service renewal underway at Finnair, Business Class customers are able to enjoy new Signature Menus created by well-known Finnish chefs Pekka Terävä and Tomi Björck.

"In-flight dining is an important part of a distinctive travel experience," says Maarit Keränen, Finnair's Head of Service Concept. "Both Pekka and Tomi have a fresh style that is distinct from the mainstream. Pekka Terävä's classic Nordic flavors are a natural fit with Finnair's identity, while Tomi Björck's Finnish take on Asian cuisine supports our Eastward outlook. I believe that the new meals will delight Finnair's customers and raise the international profile of Finnish culinary culture."

"My menu is influenced by the purity of Finnish nature, taking advantage of Finnish natural ingredients such as seasonal vegetables and wild game and fish," says Terävä, whose menu includes such Finnish specialties as reindeer fillet with mushroom puree, oven-baked potatoes and organic barley.

"My chosen ingredients are meant to reflect the passion in modern Asian cuisine," says Björck, whose menu is inspired by Thai and Japanese food and offers both meat-based dishes and vegetarian options, such as butternut squash dressed in a symphony of Asian spices. Japanese ramen noodles and spicy salmon complete his menu.

Specially selected prize-winning wines complement both Signature Menus.

The Signature Menus will be introduced on Business Class long-haul flights throughout the autumn excluding Chongqing, Xi'an and Hanoi.

About the chefs

Tomi Björck's award-winning restaurants in Helsinki include the Asia-inspired Farang and Gaijin as well as the Mediterranean-focused Boulevard Social. Farang Stockholm opened in February 2013.

Pekka Terävä is chef at Helsinki's Michelin-starred Restaurant Olo, where fresh and pure ingredients are combined to create modern Scandinavian cuisine.

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