It’s easier for airports to turn to global chains to manage food and beverage, but flyers appreciate the local and the unique.
Good British food is back in business, specifically at Heathrow Terminal 2, where Claudia Schiffer’s ex-private chef, Sophie Michell, along with three of her friends, is opening The Gorgeous Kitchen today.
“It’s all about delivering honest flavours with quality produce and great British hospitality in a warm and approachable environment,” say the founding team.
Michell and her all-female line-up, Gee Charman, Jo Pratt and Caroline Mi Li Artiss also happen to be culinary TV stars. While Charman is former chef at Kensington Palace, Pratt is the best-selling author of ‘In The Kitchen’ and former food editor of Elle and Glamour, while Mi Li Artiss has become a YouTube celebrity thanks to her food prowess.
Gorgeous by name and by its ‘wholesome and seasonal’ nature, our regular pre-flight Pret A Manger pales into salty, mayo-laden comparison. On the a la carte menu you’ll find sweetcorn & coriander fritters served with sweet chilli cream cheese and king prawns; grilled aubergine served with mozzarella; chorizo toad-in-the-hole and quinoa porridge for early risers, all served up with British-grown produce and we hear, a super speedy ‘Express Service’ that promises to have you fed in 15 minutes flat if you’re in a rush.
The idea is that The Gorgeous Kitchen will kickstart your holiday before you board the flight – and continue those pre-beach better eating intentions with a menu that doesn’t leave you subjected to the foods you’ve been avoiding for weeks. “Essentially it’s a business lounge for non-business travellers, without the exclusivity and with real, feel-good food. We want Heathrow’s passengers to feel like their holiday has just begun,” says Gee.