KLM Serves Meals Created by Top International Chef Richard Ekkebus


From 1 December, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines will serve its World Business Class passengers meals created by Richard Ekkebus of the restaurant Amber in The Landmark Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Hong Kong.

Erik Varwijk, Managing Director KLM
KLM is very pleased to be working with Richard Ekkebus. This Dutch chef working in Hong Kong really reflects the KLM spirit, as he is international but also has Dutch roots. These chefs help us to keep renewing our product, they present us with welcome challenges and enable us to compile superb menus for our WBC passengers.
Erik Varwijk, Managing Director KLM
I am deeply honoured to have been invited to develop the World Business Class menus for KLM, thus adding my name to the list of illustrious predecessors. I see this as a great challenge and I hope my Dutch roots and international culinary experience will add value to the World Business Class menu.
Richard Ekkebus

KLM has a long tradition of serving its World Business Class passengers meals created by leading Dutch chefs. This is one way KLM invests in its inflight service, by teaming up with top chefs and sommeliers. With the dishes of Richard Ekkebus, KLM once again offers excellent culinary quality to its passenger, having previous served the dishes of Sergio Herman, Jonnie Boer, Mario Ridder and Flemish chef Peter Goossens.

The dishes created by Richard Ekkebus will be served to World Business Class passengers from 1 December 2012 until the end of September 2013 on all intercontinental flights out of Amsterdam. A new development is that Richard Ekkebus’s dishes will also be served on flights out of Hong Kong.

As Director of Culinary Operations and Food and Beverage of The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, Richard Ekkebus supervises all dishes in one of the most luxurious and highly rated five-star hotels in Hong Kong. Under his guidance, the restaurant earned its second Michelin star for the fourth consecutive year. Amber is one of the top 50 restaurants in the world.

In early 2013, Richard Ekkebus will further expand his activities in China when the restaurant Fifty 8° Grill by Richard Ekkebus opens in Mandarin Oriental Pudong, Shanghai.


About KLM
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines was founded in 1919, making it the world’s oldest airline still operating under its original name. In 2004, Air France and KLM merged to form AIR FRANCE KLM. The merger produced the strongest European airline group based on two powerful brands and hubs – Amsterdam Airport Schiphol and Paris Charles de Gaulle. Retaining its own identity, the group focuses on three core businesses: passenger transport, cargo and aircraft maintenance.


In the Netherlands, KLM comprises the core of the KLM Group, which further includes KLM Cityhopper, and Martinair KLM serves all its destinations using a modern fleet and employs over 33,000 people around the world. KLM is a leader in the airline industry, offering reliable operations and customer-oriented products resulting from its policy of enthusiasm and sustainable innovation.

KLM is a member of the global SkyTeam airline alliance, offering customers an extensive worldwide network. The KLM network connects the Netherlands to every important economic region in the world and, as such, serves as a powerful driver for the economy.

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