Fly These Airlines For The Best In-Flight Food And Wine

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    The 2nd annual SAVEUR Culinary Travel Awards were just announced, highlighting some of the best food you can find on land, air, and sea. 21 categories were looked at, with each one having three categories of winner - Best, Outstanding, and Notable.The winners were selected by an expert panel of 36 travelers, writers, editors, and photographers with an open poll to SAVEUR readers honoring a Readers' Choice award.Here's a link to the full list of all winners, and a list of the Best-In-Class in each the 21 categories listed below:Best culinary destination, large international: Hong KongBest culinary destination, small international: CopenhagenBest culinary destination, large domestic: Brooklyn, NYBest culinary destination, small domestic: New Orleans, LABest markets and shops, international: Tokyo, JapanBest markets and shops, domestic: Los Angeles, CABest cocktails and drinks, international: London, EnglandBest cocktails and drinks, domestic: Las Vegas, NVBest hotel restaurant, more than 100 rooms: Epicure at Le Bristol, Paris, France Best hotel restaurant, fewer than 100 rooms: The Restaurant at Meadowood, St. Helena, CABest hotel bar: The Chandelier at The Cosmopolitan, Las Vegas, NVBest hotel in-room dining: The Dorchester, London, EnglandBest all-inclusive resort: Blackberry Farm, TNBest brewery/distillery experience: Guiness, Dublin, IrelandBest winery experience: Maison Trimbach, Alsace, FranceBest culinary tours: Micato Safaris, AfricaBest culinary cruise line: Seaborn Cruise LineBest in-flight dining experience, First and Business Class: EmiratesBest in-flight dining experience, Economy Class: Singapore AirlinesBest in-flight wine program: QantasBest airport lounge: Singapore Airlines SilverKris Lounge, Singapore Changi Airport (SIN)A few thoughts:Culinary destinations: No surprise that Hong Kong is the best large international culinary destination, it's absolutely one of my favorite places in the world to chow down. Also, no surprise on Copenhagen, which has emerged as one of the hottest culinary destinations with world-class restaurants such as Noma and Geranium. On the domestic front, we had a delicious time at Smorgasburg in Brooklyn, NY and look forward to returning for more.In-flight dining: Say what!? This is a stunner to me, we've had 4 First and Business Class flights on Emirates and it's been some of the worst Premium Cabin food we've ever had. Among the honorable mentions, we'd certainly rank Singapore Airlines and Korean Air ahead of Emirates, and I'm surprised Cathay Pacific didn't even make the list.In-flight First Class dining on Emirates Airport lounges: another surprise, as the winner was the Singapore Airlines SilverKris Lounge at Changi Airport (SIN). A perfectly nice lounge, but certainly not the best out there either from the facilities or dining perspective. Here's where I would rank the Emirates First Class Lounge at DXB as the best, and agree with the honorable mentions for the Cathay Pacific The Wing lounge at HKG and Thai Airways First Class Lounge at BKK. Amazing lamb and polenta at the Emirates First Class Lounge at DXBHotel restaurants: We had the pleasure of eating at The Restaurant at Meadowood in July and look forward to trying Chef Christopher Kostow's menu at the American Express Centurion Lounge after it opens later this year at SFO. Dinner at The Restaurant at Meadowood What are your thoughts on the winners, and any notable culinary experiences land, air, or sea that should have been included?

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