With Air Canada’s creative culinary offerings, you can experience a world of flavours before you reach your destination. In addition to our long¬-standing partnerships with award-winning, Vancouver¬ based chefs David Hawksworth and Vikram Vij, and renowned Montreal chef Antonio Park, we are excited to introduce Montreal’s chef Jérôme Ferrer to our chef panel and showcase the best cuisine Canadian culinary talent has to offer. Last but certainly not least, complementing your culinary journey is a selection of top wines chosen by leading Canadian sommelier, Véronique Rivest.
“This is a very exciting moment for me!” said Chef Jérôme Ferrer. “As an international chef, it’s a great privilege to become a culinary ambassador and share my cuisine with Air Canada’s customers, but also to be part of their journey. I can’t wait to share my savoir-faire, my creativity and transport you on my culinary odyssey. Who knows, we may have the opportunity to meet onboard somewhere around the world on Air Canada's wings.”
Jérôme Ferrer immigrated to Quebec in 2001. An accomplished executive chef, Ferrer is a member of the Académie Culinaire de France and holds the title of Maître Cuisinier de France.
His gourmet venue in Montreal, Restaurant Jérôme Ferrer par Europea, is also a member of Les Grandes Tables du Monde and has rapidly gained a devoted following in the Canadian fine-dining scene. Certified a Grand Chef in the Relais & Châteaux network, Ferrer also earned a nomination from Trip Advisor in 2018 for Best Restaurant in Canada.
His avant-garde approach to fine cuisine, with its distinctive flair and playful spirit, has attracted celebrity diners from the four corners of the world.
“I’m extremely proud and humbled to be sharing my food with Air Canada’s customers beginning with Montreal to Tokyo-Narita customers flying at 30,000 feet. It is the perfect opportunity to use Canadian ingredients and Japanese techniques, marrying the two to better the on-board experience.“
Antonio Park is a Montreal chef and restaurateur who blends his South American and Asian roots with locally sourced, sustainable ingredients to create dishes that represent his culinary journey.
“ When I try something, it has to be about the flavour. It has to taste amazing.“
David Hawksworth is an award-winning Vancouver-based chef and the owner of restaurants Hawksworth and Nightingale, where he uses local ingredients to create the very best Canadian cuisine. He has worked in European, Michelin-starred kitchens, including Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons and L’Escargot, and has been a guest chef at restaurants in New York, Hong Kong and Napa Valley.
“We work together in enhancing the customer experience by providing best service and nutritious meals on Air Canada flights to India. My creations proudly represent my birth country but honour the beautiful democracy and freedom of the country I live in, Canada.“
Vikram Vij is the co-owner of Vij’s Restaurant, Vij’s Rangoli and My Shanti by Vikram Vij in Vancouver, where traditional Indian techniques meet West Coast ingredients. He is a certified sommelier and the co-author of three cookbooks.
“Our selection features good quality, food friendly and enjoyable wines that evoke the spirit of travel.“
One of the most respected sommeliers in Canada and abroad, Véronique Rivest is the winner of the 2006 and 2012 Canada’s Best Sommelier competitions, the 2007 Wine Woman competition in Paris, the 2012 Best Sommelier of the Americas competition and in March 2013, she became the first woman to take a podium at the World’s Best Sommelier Competition in Tokyo by winning second place. She is the wine columnist for Ottawa’s Le Droit newspaper and Radio-Canada, and the owner of SOIF wine bar in Gatineau, Quebec.