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All Nip­pon Air­ways has ap­pointed 2010 MasterChef Aus­tralia win­ner and cook­book au­thor Adam Liaw as its culinary am­bas­sador. His sea­sonal menu will be served on Syd­ney to Tokyo (Haneda) flights to pas­sen­gers in all classes be­tween De­cem­ber this year and next May. Liaw, who hosts the Des­ti­na­tion Flavour se­ries on SBS, was also re­cently ap­pointed by the Ja­panese gov­ern­ment as a Ja­panese Cui­sine Good­will Am­bas­sador. “In-flight din­ing is a lot more com­plex than an or­di­nary meal on the ground, from the tim­ing of ser­vice and the vis­ual pre­sen­ta­tion of dishes, all the way down to the sea­son­al­ity of dishes. The bi­ol­ogy and psy­chol­ogy of air travel changes de­pend­ing on the way we ap­pre­ci­ate food,” he says of the test­ing process for his new menus. Hav­ing just flown on the ANA Syd­ney-Tokyo Haneda ser­vice, which de­parts just be­fore 9pm, when pas­sen­gers are ready for din­ner, I can at­test the food is al­ready ex­cel­lent. Choose the bento set with steamed rice and miso soup or go to the snack se­lec­tion for a re­mark­ably de­li­cious bowl of ra­men and a cup of per­fect green tea. The per­son­able Liaw, who was born in Malaysia and raised in Ade­laide, has a Ja­panese wife and has lived and worked in Tokyo, in­clud­ing film­ing for Des­ti­na­tion Flavour. All adds up to a matcha made in heaven, one could say. More: ana.co.jp.

SU­SAN KUROSAWA

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