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World Class Chefs for New Centurion Lounges

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If you’ve ever wished for better airport food, you’re in luck, American Express is partnering with chefs Christopher Kostow and Cedric Vongerichten to create special menus for the new Centurion Lounges opening in San Francisco and New York’s LaGuardia airports later this year.

Unlimited access to the lounges is free for Platinum and Centurion Card Members. Individuals with other American Express cards can buy a day pass to the lounges for $50.

It never tasted so good

Kostow, who was named best chef in the west by the James Beard Foundation, will be curating the menu at the Centurion Lounge at SFO giving it his signature flare, while featuring food from Napa Valley and its surrounding areas to create seasonal menus focusing on local offerings.

Vongerichten, who is the executive chef at Perry St. in New York City, and on Zagat’s 2011 list of up-and-coming chefs under 30, will bring his culinary style to the Centurion Lounge at LGA.

American Express has already opened two Centurion lounges, one at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas and another in Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. They partnered with chefs Scott Conant and Dean Fearing at those locations. Jim Meehan is American Express’ national mixologist, with Anthony Giglio taking the lead on fine wine as their national wine director.

Once inside one of these lounges, members can relax in family or semi-private areas. The lounges offer a wide range of amenities based on the location, which can include: member services, TVs, semi-private workspaces, Wi-Fi, computer bar, luggage locker room, spa services, conference room, and shower suite.

And there’s more

American Express also announced the opening of a Centurion Lounge in Miami International Airport on May 6. There is no word yet as to which chef will be taking on the task of curating the menu there. It is also slated to open later in the year.

Members will be able to take advantage of complimentary treatments at the spa being included in its design.

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