Please see my other trip report, CX First cooking demo I
Welcome aboard our CX flight from JFK to HKG.
CX is one of the remaining airlines to serve caviar, which is imported from France. The FAs take a bunch of accompaniements and turn it into a culinary delight, both for the tongue and eye!
Did you know CX even heats its china so the plates will keep the food warm when presented to passengers? CX uses computerized ovens that are programmed to heat a variety of foods. On another flight from LAX the FAs let me see the detailed cooking instructions they receive for each entree. Onboard there are so many nooks and crannies for FAs to store things. One important thing is for the FAs to keep track of how many meals they have served!
Once again, the onboard rice cooker is prepared right after take-off, so that by the time the aircraft reaches cruising altitude, the FAs can serve passengers piping hot, freshly cooked rice!
Now in the supermarket you'd probably pay a dollar for this kind of salad, but in CX First it is transformed into an expensive appetizer! Come look at a wide assortment of bread being heated in the oven!
Being a cabin services director on CX is hard, not only do you have to manage the entire plane, but also StudioCX, which is controlled from this office.
In our last report we talked about how dinner is made, but what about breakfast, the most important meal of the day? With only 90 minutes to land, getting breakfast ready can be quite a scramble, but with grace and skill, FAs transform even a mundane dish like cereal into a culinary masterpiece!
In F CX has toasters and also a skillet. Do you see those little cups that look like orange juice?? Those are actually eggs waiting to be scrambled, pasteurized to protect against avian flu, the FAs told me, of course! With a half hour of hard FA work, breakfast is transformed into quite a creation! The freshly made toast is better than anything else in the air!
Let's take a walk around the aircraft. What's cooking in the J galley? It looks like breakfast. Do you remember in Sundae School about how Jesus fed 4,000 people on day? Well on short CX flights such as HKG-TPE FAs have to serve over 250 passengers in under 30 minutes, and in Y breakfast bags are thrown in the oven and heated
On shorter flights meals come in ceramic plates that are put in the oven. The FAs then take out each portion and plate it individually The breakfast setups are prepared on the ground so all the FAs have to do is take off the plastic.
Now let's talk about lunch. In the kitchen everything has been heated up and is laid out buffet style. I think this is some kind of eel and this, some kind of noodle dish. Notice how carefully the FAs are to arrange the food? Your eyes and tastebuds will agree the result is spectacular!
What makes CX the best airline in the world? Not only is the food remarkable but so are the FAs who serve it with such style and grace!
[Edited 2006-10-29 03:57:50]
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