KLM cooking star now on World Business Class menu


From January 2020, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines will serve World Business Class passengers a dish created by KLM Captain Folkert Stikvoort. He is the winner of the KLM Cooking Contest, as selected by a panel of six judges headed by three-star Michelin chef Jonnie Boer.

Contestants were asked to come up with a pasta recipe featuring sustainable fish. The dishes were judged on flavour, presentation, use of ingredients (preferably from Dutch soil) and whether it was suitable to be served on board. Folkert won with his ravioli filled with shellfish in Noilly Prat sauce with sorrel. Jonnie Boer remarked that the dish was “very tasty indeed”.

Eight finalists, all of whom were cockpit and cabin crew, battled it out in this third edition of the KLM Cooking Contest. Folkert Stikvoort’s winning dish will be served to World Business Class passengers from January 2020, probably for a period of three months.

The panel of judges included Roel Verwiel, head of the panel and chairman of KLM Foodies; Jonnie Boer, chef at the Librije; Bart van Olphen, cooking book writer and founder of sustainable fish brand Fishtales; and Miriam Kartman, executive vice president of KLM Inflight Services.

“KLM wants passengers to feel at home. The culinary talent of KLM staff has ensured that we can offer our World Business Class passengers a delicious dish. A wonderful example of our personal service.”
Miriam Kartman, executive vice president of KLM Inflight Services.

Partnership with De Librije

KLM has a longstanding partnership with Jonnie en Thérèse Boer of three-star restaurant De Librije in Zwolle for World Business Class meals and the selection of appropriate wines. Jonnie en Thérèse also own Librije’s Winkel, Librije’s Hotel and the cooking and wine school Librije’s Atelier.