Those who take their airplane food seriously may be interested to learn that Michelin-starred chef, Tom Kerridge, has designed gourmet food choices for British Airways' new Speedbird Café menu.

The café is for passengers flying on the airline’s short-haul economy flights, and it is designed to ensure that passengers receive their first choice of meal, while reducing onboard waste. The dishes designed by Tom Kerridge have been created with a special focus on British provenance, and they include signature pies and sandwiches. Passengers can purchase food, drink and inflight retail items up to 12 hours before departure.

Items on offer include a warm steak and ale pie; ham hock and smoked cheddar sandwich; vegan spiced cauliflower tortilla wrap; chicken, bacon and celery brioche and a vegetarian brie plowman’s sandwich. The airline will also continue to offer complimentary refreshments on all fights comprising a bottle of water and a snack, such as a breakfast bar or crisps. British Airways worked closely with Tom to create British staples for our short-haul menu, and he created a video to explain the thought process that went into ensuring that the flavors would work at altitude.

“I am truly happy to be working with British Airways again, and to have the opportunity to champion the best of British to so many people," he says. "A sandwich, made with care and great flavors, can be a perfect meal and I hope the passengers enjoy my short-haul menu.”

The menu items can be ordered through the new online Speedbird Café hosted on British Airways’ inflight retail site here.

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