Philippe Urraca signs new sweet delicacies for La Première cabin
Since 1st July 2018, three exclusive creations by pastry chef Pilippe Urraca, named Meilleur Ouvrier de France, have been available on board La Première, Air France’s most exclusive cabin.
For his first collaboration with Air France’s La Première class, Philippe Urraca has created an apple tarte tatin, a fruit Baba and lemon Shortbread cake. These new gourmet delights will be served on board for a period of three months, to continue to delight customers.
Pastry chef Philippe Urraca commented: “I am happy and proud to join this fine family of chefs who are committed to promoting French gastronomic cuisine around the world alongside Air France. I wish to share my experience and expertise. I have chosen classic French desserts to which I have brought a modern twist to produce simple sweets with subtle and delicate flavours, thanks to a selection of high-quality ingredients”.
Philippe Urraca, a love for gourmet creation
Although according to French folklore, girls are born in the roses, and boys in the cabbages, Philippe Urraca emerged amid a selection of sweet pastries. He started his career following in his father’s footsteps, also a pastry chef, and very early on developed a passion for exquisite gourmet delights.
After obtaining his qualification, he trained with leading professionals and opened his first boutique at the tender age of 19. Passionate about his art, he is dedicated to promoting the French pastry tradition in his personal creations. Through his boutiques, as consultant for major brands and gastronomic restaurants, or as mentor for both young and seasoned professionals, Philippe Urraca has always strived to share and transmit his expertise and passion.
In 1994, he obtained the title of Meilleur Ouvrier de France in pastry techniques, a consecration that paved the way to an international career. Since then, his commitment has not faltered and following his election by his peers as President of the Meilleurs Ouvriers de France, he has been guaranteeing the excellence of French pastry creations since 2003. In 2011, he was appointed Head pastry chef for La Compagnie des Desserts. He supervises ice cream and pastry creations and developments in addition to advising chefs in their offer of desserts.
Gourmet menus created by Michelin-starred chefs
A genuine emblem of France, pastries have their rightful place alongside the prestigious gourmet creations available in La Première cabin.
On board La Première, Air France works with the Servair Culinary Studio chaired by Joël Robuchon; throughout the year, French Michelin-starred chefs take it in turns to introduce new culinary creations onto the La Première menu. Joël Robuchon, Michel Roth and Régis Marcon and Guy Martin succeed one another with the aim to offer the finest dining experience in the sky.
Quality products and prestigious French brands, respect for the seasons and subtle flavours, a fine balance in the dishes proposed, with a simple and light offer of consistent quality are just some of the principles that the chefs in their roles as ambassadors for fine French cuisine set out to meet for Air France passengers.
La Première, a designer suite
On board the Boeing 777-300, the La Première cabin offers passengers a real designer suite, promising total privacy. Air France has dressed each suite with thick curtains, held back with leather tiebacks. A unique and daring concept, they enable the passenger to decide whether to be totally isolated or just partially. In an instant, the La Première seat turns into a fully-flat bed over two metres long. Thanks to the comfort kit provided by the crew, customers can comfortably relax in a 100% cotton sleep suit. During the flight, each guest has their own personal 24-inch (61cm) HD touch screen. When the passenger is ready to go to sleep, the crew members install a mattress on the seat, for impeccable comfort. They are then given a generous fluffy pillow and a soft duvet. With the curtains closed, the partition raised and the lighting subdued, the suite provides optimum comfort for a perfect night’s sleep.