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.