Heathrow tasks Masterchef judges with airport food improvement

Heathrow, the UK’s busiest airport, has employed the culinary expertise of judges from TV’s popular food programme, Masterchef, to comment on and produce a consumers’ guide for the facility’s eating establishments, with a view to improving overall quality.

John Torode and Greg Wallace, who judge the BBC’s cookery programme, were tasked by Heathrow executives with sampling food at all of the 73 restaurants bars and cafes that comprise the airport’s catering facility. The result is a guide that the pair have co-written, titled ‘Food on the Fly.’ In addition to 10,000 hardcopies of the guide that will be handed out to passengers, it will also be available on the Internet from July this year.

Among the more general recommendations that the food experts were able to offer up to Heathrow’s management were a need for more healthy food options, and a reminder that as a frontier into and out of Britain the airport could do more to promote the best of British food.

John Torode commented, ‘We were really amazed by the choice of food and the service at the airport. These people do an incredible job, especially given that they are open from 5am to almost midnight, every day. I think Heathrow has come on incredibly well. The days when you’d get there, it stank and all you could get was a truly dire full English breakfast have gone.’

High on the recommendation list are the Rhubarb restaurant’s burger and chips, Carluccio’s pasta and offerings from Giraffe restaurant, and the Caviar House & Prunier Seafood Bar.