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Raymond Blanc becomes Eurostar’s culinary director

31 Oct 2012 by BusinessTraveller
Michelin-starred chef Raymond Blanc has been employed as culinary director at Eurostar, and has created new menus for the rail operator’s Business Premier customers. Blanc’s “innovative, seasonal and sustainable” menus feature several family recipes including mackerel salad and chocolate delice with praline custard, with a focus on “locally sourced and sustainably produced ingredients of a local provenance”. Eurostar says the dishes will combine “rustic, traditional dishes with a fresh, modern element of surprise”, bringing together “the best of Britain, France and Belgium”. The rail operator has also become the first transport provider to join the Sustainable Restaurant Association, and will be rated on its onboard catering over the coming months. The appointment of Raymond Blanc as culinary director comes ahead of the introduction of new and refurbished Eurostar train carriages from next year (see online news October 18), which will also offer wifi internet access (see online news May 17). Eurostar also introduced quiet coaches earlier this year (see online news June 8). Co-inciding with today's launch the operator has revealed the results of a new survey in which over half (53 per cent) of business travellers said the economic climate has had no effect on their travel for business abroad. The survey also highlighted that over a third (34 per cent) of business travellers rated the quality of the meals they were served when travelling for business as below average. For more information visit eurostar.com. Report by Mark Caswell
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