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Food Studies: The life of an airline chef

A deep-frozen airline meal. Food Studies features the voices of 11 volunteer student bloggers from a variety of different food- and agriculture-related programs at universities around the world. You can explore the full series here. "Airline meals are just awful! Why in the world would you want to learn about that?" This is the usual reaction I get from people when I tell them what I have been studying for the past three years. Airline meals are notorious for their poor quality and tastelessness. It's now the norm to pack your own meal for domestic short-haul flights. Many airlines have …

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Food Studies: why I love in-flight meals

Food Studies features the voices of 11 volunteer student bloggers from a variety of different food- and agriculture-related programs at universities around the world. You can explore the full series here. In-flight meal on Garuda Indonesia Airlines.Most people regard in-flight meals as a necessary evil. I spent my summer interning at LSG Sky Chefs, the world's largest provider of airline catering. In fact, in 2009, I completed my masters' dissertation in the anthropology of food at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London on how national flag carriers construct and reinforce the image of their nation of origin …

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