• Joe Breitfeller

All Nippon Airways Adds Yoshihiro Takahashi to THE CONNOISSEURS Onboard Culinary Program

Yoshihiro Takahashi is the chef-owner of Hyotei, a famed Kyoto restaurant known for its traditional Japanese cuisine for over 400 years. Onboard meals by the chef will be available to ANA’s First Class guests traveling to North America and Europe.


ANA Adds Yoshihiro to THE CONNOISSEURS Culinary Program - Courtesy ANA/Hyotei

On Monday (November 16, 2020) All Nippon Airways (ANA) announced the addition of Yoshihiro Takahashi to their ‘THE CONNOISSEURS’ culinary program. Yoshihiro Takahashi is the chef-owner of Hyotei, a famed Kyoto restaurant known for traditional Japanese cuisine, which has a history of over 400 years. First Class guests traveling from Japan to North America and Europe from September and November 2021 will enjoy the chef’s menu. In Monday’s announcement, ANA’s Executive Vice President, Hideki Kunugi, said,


“Maximizing the passenger experience and comfort have always been an integral part of our approach to offering unrivaled service. THE CONNOISSEURS is an example of how we apply these values in all areas of operation and constantly strive to improve the in-flight experience. Since its launch THE CONNOISSEURS program has been highly praised by passengers and culinary enthusiasts both in Japan and internationally. By adding Takahashi to our list of participating chefs, passengers will be able to enjoy a truly distinct and authentic dining experience.”


Takahashi is the chef-owner of Hyotei and has received three Michelin stars for 12 consecutive years including 2020. Hyotei dates back over 400 years and Takahashi represents the 15th generation to operate the restaurant, which is located on the grounds of the Nanzenji temple in Kyoto.


ANA's THE CONNOISSEURS (December 2020) - Courtesy All Nippon Airways

All Nippon Airways (ANA) the “Inspiration of Japan” is Japan’s largest airline and has been awarded the prestigious 5-Star rating from SKYTRAX every year since 2013. ANA was also recognized by Air Transport World as ‘Airline of the Year’ in 2007, 2013 and 2018. The airline was founded in 1952 with two helicopters and now operates 78 international and 118 domestic routes. The carrier operates a unique dual-hub model with service from both Tokyo metropolitan airports, Narita and Haneda.


ANA has been a member of the global Star Alliance network since 1999 and has joint venture partnerships with United, Lufthansa, SWISS and Austrian Airlines. The ANA Group, which includes LCC Peach Aviation Ltd., carried more than 54.4 million passengers in FY 2018, employs around 43,000, and operates a fleet of 260 aircraft. ANA was the launch customer and is the largest operator of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner in the world.



Source: All Nippon Airways

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