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Culinary cultures combine on Lufthansa flights

21st October 2008 Print
"My cooking is a melting pot of different cultures," says Susur Lee, a Chinese master of fusion cooking, explaining his culinary skills. Born in Hong Kong, the new Lufthansa Star Chef will be treating First and Business-Class passengers to the finest onboard cuisine on long-haul flights from Germany in November and December.

From starters such as tomato chutney or mango salad to marinated halibut with wild rice and mushroom ragout served with potato and celery ragout in First Class or chocolate espresso pavé with cilantro and strawberry coulis for passengers in Business Class – in each of his dishes, Susur Lee blends Far Eastern seasoning with European culinary traditions.

Susur Lee was born in Hong Kong in 1958. The youngest of four children, he learnt his art as a culinary apprentice at the renowned Peninsula Hotel in Hong Kong in 1972. Six years later, he emigrated to Canada where he made his name as executive chef at various restaurants before opening his own establishment in 1987. A success from the start, the "Susur" was soon among the best in Toronto and has for years enjoyed international prestige.

The British "Restaurant" magazine ranks "Susur" among the 50 best restaurants in the world. The "Food & Wine" magazine pinnacles Susur Lee among the world’s "Top Ten Chefs". In 2004, the restlessly inventive gastronome opened "Lee", a less expensive urban variant where guests are invited to sample myriad, tapas-style smaller dishes.

At this alternative eating stop, he also indulges his passion for crossover creations, combining western and eastern cultures, mixing spices from around the world with sweet and sour, fruity and hot ingredients into new tasty dimensions. But Susur Lee does not simply mix ingredients and cooking styles at random. As a master of the culinary art, he knows that fundamental cultural insights and expertise are essential for successful fusion cuisine.

Around 300,000 menus created by Susur Lee will be served in First and Business Class on Lufthansa long-haul flights in November and December.