Airline food goes gourmet

(NBC) - When you think of airline food, your expectations are probably pretty low. But one airline wants to change how you eat onboard.

Lufthansa airline has partnered with the Ritz-Carlton to design gourmet dishes that will transfer well to diners 35,000 feet in the air.

Improving airline cuisine presented a challenge to chefs because the food doesn't go straight from the pan to the plate like at a traditional restaurant.

The food has to be rationed, frozen, and transported and still manage to taste good.

"We have to make sure that when we do menu design and development that we create dishes that will hold up well, that will reheat well, that will present well," Chef Bernd Schmitt explained.

The process is a long one and each dish may end up going through several adaptations.

In the end of the day, the hope is to make the friendly skies a food lover's dream.

The five-star menu will only be available in Lufthansa's first class and business class sections.

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