Toronto’s exclusive Signature Suite named as best business class sit-down dining experience
Chef David Hawksworth is thrilled to be the creative force behind the culinary offerings at Air Canada’s exclusive new Signature Suite at Toronto Pearson International Airport. Premium international business class passengers can dine à la carte at a complimentary, full-service restaurant from a menu created by Chef Hawksworth, or enjoy hors d’oeuvres, champagne, fine wines and cocktails in an intimate setting designed by acclaimed Montreal architecture and design firm Heekyung Duquette.
“The new Signature Suite is a revolutionary restaurant-style lounge and the Hawksworth team is thrilled to be part of it,” says Chef David Hawksworth. “We’re excited to expand our partnership with Air Canada and bring a taste of Hawksworth’s contemporary Canadian cuisine to international travellers passing through Toronto.”
A la carte menu options and quick bites include Hawksworth favourites such as KFC (Korean fried cauliflower); soy-marinated sablefish with bok choy, mushrooms and bacon dashi; grilled lamb chops with roasted cauliflower, mint, yogurt and chermoula; and the famous Hawksworth burger.
Launched on December 1, the lounge has been described by thought leaders View from the Wing and One Mile at a Time as the best business class sit-down dining experience of any airline in the world, and it is accessible to all full fare paying International Business Class customers, excluding upgrades and most point redemption programs.
The 6,400-square-foot suite, conveniently located by Air Canada’s international departure gates at Toronto Pearson Terminal 1, can accommodate up to 160 premium customers and is fully complementary. It hosts a full-service restaurant offering à la carte dining from a Hawksworth-designed menu. The suite also features a cocktail lounge space with full service bar and a selection of hors d’oeuvres and specialty snacks, a quiet sitting area and concierge service.
“The Air Canada Signature Suite provides premium Air Canada customers with a luxury experience unrivalled in North America that elevates Air Canada into the ranks of leading global carriers for discerning international travellers. Customers can indulge in an à la carte meal service in the suite’s complimentary restaurant or partake of fine wines, champagne and specialty cocktails in a relaxed atmosphere accented with original Canadian art and maple, marble and polished limestone finishes,” said Benjamin Smith, President, Passenger Airlines at Air Canada.
Chef Hawksworth began his partnership with Air Canada in 2015 when he designed signature dishes to be exclusively featured on Air Canada flights in International Business Class and Maple Leaf Lounges. This partnership developed when the airline came onboard as a sponsor of the Hawksworth Young Chef Scholarship, a nationwide search that recognizes Canada’s young culinary talent with an annual competition that awards a $10,000 prize each year.
About Hawksworth Restaurant:
Located in the heart of downtown Vancouver, Hawksworth Restaurant embraces contemporary Canadian cuisine with a goal of setting forth a culinary legacy rooted in regional produce that celebrates the cultural diversity of Vancouver. Six-time winner of Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Award’s Best Upscale Restaurant, Hawksworth Restaurant is grown up and glamorous, yet relaxed and welcoming, ready to deliver an array of memorable dining experiences. Approachable menus reflect seasonality and spontaneity, whilst demonstrating the highly skilled technique and relentless drive for perfection that has become Hawksworth’s trademark. Three distinctive rooms, including Hawksworth Cocktail Bar are complemented by two elegant private spaces, designed to reflect the vibrancy, creativity and quality of the cuisine.