Hong Kong Airlines hires top chef

on has been hired to create in-flight dining for Hong Kong Airlines all business class flights from Gatwick.

Atherton will create a signature menu for passengers in the carrier’s Club Classic and Club Premier cabins between London and Hong Kong.

Cuisine on the flights, which start on March 8, will reflect the culinary traditions of China, Europe and beyond, complemented by a wine list and Chinese teas.

Atherton was the first British chef to complete a stage at Spain’s famous el Bulli restaurant and has worked under Pierre Koffmann, Nico Ladenis, Marco Pierre White and Gordon Ramsay, before opening his flagship restaurant, Pollen Street Social in London.

The restaurant was awarded its first Michelin star last year and was recently voted as The BMW Square Meal Restaurant of the Year.

Atherton said: "The opportunity to work with a dynamic airline brand for an exciting new launch in this way is incredible. I’m looking forward to showcasing my concept for Hong Kong Airlines to give customers a truly memorable experience.”

The airline’s UK general manager Gerard Clarke said: “After taking delivery of our first specially configured aircraft for the new route, our plans are on schedule for a successful launch.

“With Jason’s wealth of experience as one of the UK’s great chefs, we can set apart our dining experience helping to create an exciting culinary experience in the air.”

Three new Airbus A330-200s will operate on the route with two p