Emirates Leisure Retail Wins big at the Airport Food & Beverage Awards, Helsinki

We are delighted to win the global award for ‘Best Airport Casual Dining Restaurant of the Year’ with Kitchen by Mike at the prestigious Airport Food and Beverage Awards held in Helsinki, Finland.

In a hotly contested category, ELR demonstrated its ability to deliver a world class dining experience for the travelling passenger, using locally sourced produce with Mike McEnearney’s much loved canteen style eatery in the newly transformed Sydney Airport T1 International City View Precinct, and offering

Adam Summerville, Managing Director ELRA said, “We are truly delighted and honoured to receive the accolade of ‘Best Airport Casual Dining Restaurant of the Year 2018’. Bringing Kitchen by Mike to life at Sydney Airport means everyone travelling can eat fresh and wholesome food before their flight! Delivering a menu of outstanding quality using locally sourced produce”

Mike McEnearney, added, “I am so proud that Kitchen by Mike has been awarded the overall winner of best casual airport dining in the world at the 2018 FAB awards. A massive thank you to my partners Emirates Retail and Leisure, the incredible Kitchen by Mike staff that make it all happen, and to Sydney Airport”

Kitchen by Mike is about creating a shared experience around wholesome, generous and responsibly sourced food, showcased through an all-day menu set to fuel travellers for the journey ahead. The seasonal menu changes daily based on availability of the best locally sourced products. For those on the go, Fly by Mike carry on tray-packs are packed freshly to the traveller’s choice. Salads and roast vegetables, light meat and fish dishes, homemade cakes and puddings, seasonal fruit, as well as a selection of health tonics such as Kombucha or cold pressed juices.

Breakfast signature items include the bacon butty with Mike’s ketchup; or buckwheat toast served with cultured vegetables and goat’s curd. For those departing later in the day, dishes include crispy pork belly with piccalilli and watercress; za’taar roasted chicken with spiced red onions and harissa. A range of local grower’s wines available including Mike’s house By Mike white, by David Lowe of Mudgee, and his By Mike red by Rose Kentish (McLaren Vale).

The eatery champions egalitarian dining embracing a genuine sense of space, while remaining authentic to the brand essence of being simplistic and honest. In a relaxed dining environment overlooking the amazing Sydney city skyline, the exposed structure has an industrial feel, and uses materials that reinforce fresh, local and authentic, while providing stories throughout about the origins of the locally sourced produce.

Glyn Williams, General Manager Retail, Sydney Airport, said, “We’re delighted that Kitchen by Mike has been awarded Airport Casual Dining Restaurant of the Year in the 2018 FAB (food and beverage) Awards, a unique dining experience at Sydney Airport delivered in partnership with the exceptional team at Emirates Leisure Retail,”