It’s summertime and that means that kids and families are traveling — and sometimes not all at the same time. Which always brings up the topic of children traveling alone. There’s been a lot of press on children traveling alone. CNBC reported on a story about the re-seating of male passengers on two Australian airlines, and a story by AP told of an airline losing an young girl traveling as an unaccompanied minor. So, with these stories in mind, would you let your child travel alone?
InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) announced the launch of its first global children’s hotel menu designed by a child food expert and an award-winning chef, making family travel easier for parents looking for healthy food options on the road. The menu, which launches at InterContinental Hotels & Resorts in early 2014, promises to take children through an exciting journey of food discovery.
Designed specifically for the young InterContinental guest, the menu has been jointly developed by award-winning celebrity chef Theo Randall and leading children’s food expert and best-selling international author, Annabel Karmel. The menu will feature dishes that embrace flavors, textures, smells and tastes that will take children on an educational voyage around the world while ensuring an enjoyable and nutritionally balanced meal.
Karmel is best known for her innovative recipes that embody her passion for giving children the very best start in life by inspiring families to cook nutritious, delicious meals that taste great. Few people also know that she started her career as a musician and one of her early jobs was playing the harp at the InterContinental London Park Lane. Randall, on the other hand, is internationally renowned for creating simple, authentic dishes using the best and freshest ingredients.
As part of the menu’s development, Karmel and Randall conducted a test-and-learn tasting session with young guests in October. The taste-tested dishes proved to be a big hit and provided the culinary duo with additional insight into the dishes they will roll out as part of the final menu. Healthy options for parents and kids will make family travel much more fun in the future.
InterContinental Hotels & Resorts will roll out the new menu from January 2014, and it will be available in all properties globally by the end of June 2014.