SSP brings all that Jazz to Geneva International – 27/06/08

SWITZERLAND. Food & beverage travel specialist SSP has opened the world’s first Montreux Jazz Café at Geneva International Airport.

Making its global debut at its gateway airport, the Montreux Jazz Café is the result of a collaboration between SSP and Claude Nobs, Founder of the renowned Montreux Jazz Festival.

The café is one of several units being opened this year at Geneva International by SSP as part of an extensive refurbishment of the passenger terminal.

The restaurant, which is divided into distinct front of house and “˜backstage’ areas, features some airport firsts. These include a lounge bar-style backstage area incorporating a state-of-the-art sound system and a 70-inch flat screen on which images from the Festival archives will be shown.

During the Festival, café patrons will be able to watch concerts just a few hours after they have taken place at the Auditorium Stravinski or the Miles Davis Hall. The café will also host a schedule of live music events, due to commence in September.

The café’s menu has been developed with expert advice from Geneva-based Michelin-starred chef Gilles Dupont, who has also been working with SSP to develop his own restaurant at the airport.

Dupont has worked closely with SSP’s own food development team and Claude Nobs to create signature dishes for the café, inspired by Nobs’ favourite artists and some of their most well-known pieces of work. These include dishes named after music industry icons with long associations with the Festival such as Deep Purple and BB King.

The café will also sell Montreux Jazz Festival and Montreux Jazz Café merchandise.

“The development of the Montreux Jazz Café has been a real partnership. This first unit is the product of a very rewarding working relationship between SSP and the Montreux Jazz Festival Foundation, both leaders in our respective fields,” said SSP Chief Executive Officer Andrew Lynch. “I look forward to a long and successful relationship with Claude and his team.”

Claude Nobs, Founder of the Montreux Jazz Festival and a trained chef, added: “I began my career in the food service business so I am delighted to be able to combine two great passions of food and music in the creation of such an exciting new concept as the Montreux Jazz Café. I’m delighted that our partnership with SSP will allow us to take the amazing spirit and excitement of the Montreux Jazz Festival to more people around the world.”

Geneva International Airport Commercial and Financial Director Pierre Germain said: “The Montreux Jazz Café captures the very best of the region, reflecting both the culture and cuisine of the area through innovation with a high level of authenticity. We are certain that the restaurant will prove popular with locals and visitors.”

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