Belmond is delighted to announce a partnership with leading Australian chef and restaurateur, Luke Mangan. The first hosted journey takes place on 28 October 2016 from Singapore to Bangkok on board the Eastern & Oriental Express train in Asia.
In partnership with Eastern & Oriental Express’ Executive Chef, Yannis Martineau, Luke Mangan, and his team based in Singapore, will showcase his internationally regarded culinary skills as they serve up their signature clean and contemporary menus aboard Asia’s most luxurious train.
In Singapore, guests are invited to join Luke for a morning tour of the food market before boarding the train for the three-day, two-night journey that will travel through Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand. Once on board the train, Luke will meet with guests as well as hosting a book signing of his latest book Salt Grill: Fine Dining for the Whole Family. On day two of the journey, Luke takes up the challenge of serving the specially created menus from the train’s galley kitchens to guests in the elegant dining cars.
The Eastern & Oriental Express travels on one of the most magical and memorable routes in the world; stepping aboard the green and gold carriages is an invitation to take a break from fast-paced lives, slow down and enjoy the journey. The train carries just 82 guests in all-ensuite air-conditioned cabins with two dining cars, a bar car and outdoor observation car from which to enjoy the scenic landscapes of South-East Asia.
“We are looking forward to welcoming Luke and his team aboard Eastern & Oriental Express –Luke shares our vision for creating exceptional experiences for our guests so it’s going to be a really exciting partnership. It takes a unique skill to prepare such excellent cuisine in a train’s small and moving galley kitchen,” comments Nicolas Pillet, GM Eastern & Oriental Express.
With 19 restaurants and key partnerships with cruise lines, an airline and now a train, Luke Mangan has firmly established himself as a leading figure on the international culinary scene. His passion for developing the hospitality skills of young chefs, waiters and restaurateurs led him to forming Australia’s largest hospitality programme the ‘Appetite for Excellence’.
“My team and I are absolutely thrilled to have partnered with Eastern & Oriental Express and are looking forward to now evolving our Salt grill restaurant experience from being on shore and at sea, to on board one of Belmond’s luxury trains. We want to ensure our customers have access to the best food and beverage experiences around the world. To now be part of the Eastern & Oriental family is undoubtedly a very exciting period of our business and brand.”