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American Airlines collaborates with British Michelin-Star Chef Mark Sergeant

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American Airlines has partnered with British Michelin-Star chef, author, television personality and restaurateur, Mark Sargeant, to design an exclusive menu for Flagship First Class passengers travelling from London to the US. Available from 1 September, the à la carte menu will feature dishes personally designed by Mark, to offer a dining experience inspired by his three UK restaurants, served at 35,000 feet.

The special-edition Mark Sargeant menu will be available in American’s Flagship First cabins on flights from London Heathrow (LHR) to Chicago O’Hare (ORD); Los Angeles (LAX); New York John F Kennedy (JFK); Miami (MIA) and Dallas/ Fort Worth (DFW).   

“We’re very excited to bring onboard acclaimed British chef, Mark Sargeant,” said Fernand Fernandez, vice president of Global Marketing. “Mark hand-crafted the first class cabin menus for our London to U.S. routes, using fresh ingredients and innovative flavour combinations to create a delicious modern menu. We’re continuing to invest in our products, fleet and services, and partnering with some of the world’s finest chefs is just one way we’re personalising the experience for our customers.”  

Mark’s Flagship First menu is exemplary of his signature style of cooking; modernising classic British favourites with a focus on premium ingredients. Menu highlights include ‘poached native lobster’, and ‘roasted duck with hoisin barbecue sauce’ to start, followed by ‘slow-cooked West Country pork belly with fennel seed and white bean cassoulet’, or ‘barbecue short rib of Angus beef with sweet potato champ and red cabbage slaw’ for the main course. For dessert, a ‘warm spiced Victoria plum crumble with English custard or vanilla ice cream’ offers a nostalgic seasonal treat.  

“It is an honour to be asked to create a menu for the world’s largest airline”, said Mark Sargeant. “American has taken a leap to do something different and exciting, and my team and I have been very involved at every stage of the process. Together we have designed a creative menu that is delicious and appealing to the eye, using great quality ingredients to get the palette watering at altitude.”  

American will be offering an exquisite wine-pairing menu to complement Mark’s dishes. Featuring a selection of white and red wines from France, Chile, Australia and California, as well as French champagne, a Spanish sherry and a Portuguese desert wine, each bottle has been carefully-chosen to elevate the dining experience.  

American was one of the most decorated winners in the ‘Global Traveler Wines on the Wing 2016’ survey.  American scooped five awards including ‘Best International First Class Red Wine - Monte Zovo Amarone della Valpolicella 2012, Veneto, Italy’, and ‘Best International Business Class Red Wine - Domaine de la Présidente, Cairanne 2013, Cotes du Rhône, France’.  

American also won the prestigious title of ‘Best North American Champagne/Sparkling- Lanson Black Label Brut, NV, France’, which is served on international Business Class flights, and American’s exclusive Transcon Flagship First Class service between JFK and LAX, and JFK and San Francisco International (SFO).  

Mark Sargeant was the natural choice to design American’s authentic British menu. Hailing from Kent, Mark was awarded his first Michelin Star as Head Chef at Gordon Ramsay at Claridge’s in 2002. In the same year, he received the prestigious ‘Chef of the Year’ title, and during his thirteen years with Ramsay, Mark instigated the opening of three of Ramsay’s new pubs and he co-authored 12 of his books.  

From here, Mark stepped aside from the kitchen and flourished as a restaurateur; he currently owns three restaurants, Rocksalt and The Smokehouse in the coastal town of Folkestone, and The Duke William in Ickham. He also serves as Chef Director for the Great Northern Hotel’s Plum + Spilt Milk in London.  

As Mark’s menu delights passengers travelling between London and the US, award-winning chef, author, television personality and philanthropist, Maneet Chauhan, has also lent her expertise to American’s transatlantic network.  

Maneet has designed a menu for American’s Business and Flagship First Class passengers, travelling from the US to Europe. From 1 September, Maneet’s globally-inspired à la carte menu will be available on US outbound routes to a variety of European destinations including Milan (MXP); Barcelona (BCN); Zürich (ZRH); Amsterdam (AMS); and Paris (CDG). A selection of main courses designed by Maneet will also be available on outbound flights from the US to Latin America in the Flagship First Class and Business Class cabins.  

Partnering with the world’s finest chefs is the latest innovation in American’s $3 billion investment in the customer experience. This summer, all American Airlines flights from London Heathrow will feature fully lie-flat, aisle-accessible seating in the premium cabins. When combined with the inventory of British Airways, American’s transatlantic joint-business partner, customers can access 60,000 lie flat premium seats each week between London and the US.  

Other fleet enhancements include international Wi-Fi; more in-flight entertainment options and power outlets. This is in addition to American’s extensive fleet renewal programme delivering 215 new aircraft since 2014, with 90 new planes to be delivered in 2016.

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