Rotherham girl helps to pick airline’s new children’s menu

Rayna Constantine from Rotherham
Rayna Constantine from Rotherham
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A youngster from Rotherham has enjoyed a tasty treat – helping a UK airline create its new range of children’s meals.

Rayna Constantine, aged 10, was chosen to be on a panel with other youngsters to taste-test a range of meals on behalf of Monarch Airlines.

The children were joined by Children in Need mascot Pudsey Bear who was on hand to help Pudsey’s Panel select the most popular dishes, with a donation from each meal sold going straight to the charity.

Meatballs with tomato sauce and wholemeal penne pasta, and roast chicken dinner with all the trimmings, came out on top of the panel’s choices.

Rayna said: “I was excited to help pick the meals. I’m not keen on some foods, but these were all tasty. My favourite was meatballs and pasta – they were better than my mum’s by a million.”

Mum Michelle said: “This is such a great idea – I’ve lost count of the times when one of the children hasn’t wanted to eat their meal on a flight.

“For Monarch to be asking children direct and listening to what they say is fantastic and means that as a family we know the on-board meal will always get devoured – no more mid-flight battles of wills, which has to be a good thing.”

The children were also given a peek at the Heathrow airport kitchen of Alpha LSG, Monarch’s on-board partner, where they saw airline meals being cooked.

The first meals will be served to Monarch’s young passengers on Saturday, November 1. The meals cost £5.99 with 50p from every one sold donated to Children in Need, helping make a difference to the lives of disadvantaged children and young people.