Singapore Airlines has progressively restored the popular Book the Cook service throughout its network over the past year, as it adds back routes and capacity. This allows passengers to enjoy their favourite local delights or lobster thermidor on most flights over 90 minutes
What is “Yummy!”?
Yummy! was launched in 2004 as a kind of children’s Book the Cook for First and Business Class passengers aged 2-11 (Business Class was known as Raffles Class back then, in case you needed a reminder about how long ago it was!).
The initial selection of 12 child-friendly meals has since been expanded to 15, with Western, Asian and vegetarian choices. There are even a handful of healthier options featuring wholegrains and low GI rice, introduced back in 2016 when Singapore Airlines joined the wellness craze with its Deliciously Wholesome initiative.
|😋 Yummy! menu selections|
Surprisingly, there aren’t a lot of trip reports featuring Yummy! meals, which either points to a lack of awareness of the programme, or the fact that most miles and points collectors are incapable of finding mates/don’t survive to reproductive age (prove me wrong, internet).
When will Yummy! return?
Unfortunately, Yummy! was suspended in early 2020 when the COVID outbreak started grounding air travel, and has yet to be restored. Last month, I asked Singapore Airlines when we could expect to see the service restored and got the following reply:
There are currently no plans to reinstate the Yummy! Book The Cook menu for children. Customers may pre-order specially designed meals for children with Asian, Western, or Vegetarian options. SIA will continue to review our inflight offerings and take on board customer feedback.
-Singapore Airlines spokesperson
Yummy! is a relatively unique feature of Singapore Airlines; while other carriers offer special meals for children, few allow a level of granularity that lets you pick the exact dish you get. It’d be a shame if this became another permanent casualty of COVID-19.
While Book the Cook service has been largely restored across the Singapore Airlines’ network, Yummy! continues to be MIA, with the airline demurring to announce any definite timeline for its return.
Let’s just hope it’s not gone forever, because it’s another small thing that makes SIA a fun way to fly.
Parents: is Yummy! an important part of travelling with kids?