Behind the scenes at Turkish Airlines' Istanbul factory kitchen

Come Turkish Airlines’ si preparano i pasti: Behind the scenes at the carrier’s Istanbul kitchen, with footage showing kebabs grilled over charcoal and cheese sandwich assembly lines

  • Nicky Kelvin, from The Points Guy website, tours facilities run by Do&Co
  • Fare&Co is the catering company that makes onboard food for Turkish Airlines
  • Nicky joins two of Turkish Airlines‘flying chefson board a flight to JFK
  • A travel expert said that his perception of airline food has changed after he went behind the scenes at Turkish Airlinesfactory-kitchen in Istanbul.

    Nicky Kelvin, from The Points Guy website, was given a tour of the cooking and packing facilities run by Do&Co, the catering company behind Turkish Airlinesonboard food.

    Fascinating footage shows him cooking business-class kebabs over a charcoal grill, assembling cheese and tomato sandwiches on a conveyor belt and arranging meals on trays, ready for distribution to passengers.








    Nicky Kelvin (giusto), from The Points Guy website, was given a tour of the cooking and packing facilities run by Do&Co, the catering company behind Turkish Airlines' onboard food

    Nicky Kelvin (giusto), from The Points Guy website, was given a tour of the cooking and packing facilities run by Do&Co, the catering company behind Turkish Airlinesonboard food

    Nicky is shown how the 'charcoal-grilled' business-class beef and lamb kebabs are produced, and is highly impressed that they really are cooked over a charcoal grill

    Nicky is shown how the ‘charcoal-grilledbusiness-class beef and lamb kebabs are produced, and is highly impressed that they really are cooked over a charcoal grill

    Nicky discovers that these sea bass papillotes are made using fresh sea bass from the Aegean

    Nicky discovers that these sea bass papillotes are made using fresh sea bass from the Aegean

    He also joins two of Turkish Airlines‘flying chefs’, Eren Gunkaya and Berk Baysan, on board a flight to JFK, feasting on the food he’d helped to prep earlier.

    Eren and Berk work full time in the sky, prepping all the meals produced at the Do&Co kitchen.

    Before the flight, they show Nicky around some of Istanbul’s spice bazaars, revealing some of the key spices in Turkish cuisine, such as cumin, sumak, thyme and pepper flakes.

    Then they bring him into the huge Do&Co kitchen to impart some of the secrets to making tasty in-flight meals.

    A taste test of the kebabs - and it's a thumbs up from Nicky

    A taste test of the kebabsand it’s a thumbs up from Nicky

    Describing his sneak peek into the Turkish Airlines kitchen, Nicky tells MailOnline Travel: 'The experience changed my perception for the better on what airline food can be'

    Describing his sneak peek into the Turkish Airlines kitchen, Nicky tells MailOnline Travel: ‘The experience changed my perception for the better on what airline food can be

    Cheese and tomato sandwiches moved along a conveyor belt at the Do&Co catering facility

    Cheese and tomato sandwiches moved along a conveyor belt at the Do&Co catering facility

    Nicky says: 'Seeing the fresh ingredients, impressive facilities and the care and attention put into the preparation of the food made me even more impressed by what is being achieved in the sky'

    Nicky says: ‘Seeing the fresh ingredients, impressive facilities and the care and attention put into the preparation of the food made me even more impressed by what is being achieved in the sky

    'The biggest misconception I had was that airline food had become an afterthought,' says Nicky

    ‘The biggest misconception I had was that airline food had become an afterthought,’ says Nicky

    After an inspection of sea bass papillotes being made, using fresh sea bass from the Aegean, Nicky is shown how the ‘charcoal-grilledbusiness-class beef and lamb kebabs are produced, and is highly impressed that they really are cooked over a charcoal grill.

    On board the flight, Nicky tucks into a sea bass papillote, exclaiming that it’s ‘cooked beautifully’.

    Describing his sneak peek into the Turkish Airlines kitchen, Nicky tells MailOnline Travel: ‘The experience changed my perception for the better on what airline food can be. Seeing the fresh ingredients, impressive facilities and the care and attention put into the preparation of the food made me even more impressed by what is being achieved in the sky.

    Perfectly prepped: Here Nicky arranges a meal on a tray, ready for a flight

    Perfectly prepped: Here Nicky arranges a meal on a tray, ready for a flight

    Nicky, sinistra, joins two of Turkish Airlines' 'flying chefs', Eren Gunkaya and Berk Baysan, on board a flight to JFK, feasting on the food he'd helped to prep earlier

    Nicky, sinistra, joins two of Turkish Airlines‘flying chefs’, Eren Gunkaya and Berk Baysan, on board a flight to JFK, feasting on the food he’d helped to prep earlier

    Nicky tucks into a sea bass papillote, exclaiming that it's 'cooked beautifully'

    Nicky tucks into a sea bass papillote, exclaiming that it’s ‘cooked beautifully

    ‘I had assumed that most airline food was packaged into containers and left to the mercy of the aircraft ovens. One of the biggest surprises was seeing the meat grilled in the kitchen over charcoal to create that chargrilled flavour before simply being heated on the aircraft before serving.

    ‘The biggest misconception I had was that airline food had become an afterthought. Whilst this might be true in some parts of the industry, Turco, and certain other airlines have continued to make excellent food quality a priority.

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    Turkish is one of several airlines making excellent food quality a priority, says Nicky

    Turkish is one of several airlines making excellent food quality a priority, says Nicky