Maneet 2 (1)

Maneet 2 (1)The world’s largest airline has partnered with esteemed chefs and restauranteurs, Mark Sargeant, and Maneet Chauhan, to elevate the onboard dining experience for customers travelling direct between Birmingham International Airport (BHX) and New York John F. Kennedy Airport (JFK), from September 1st.

British Michelin-Star chef, Mark Sargeant has collaborated with American, to create a Business Class menu inspired by his three UK restaurants, served at 35,000 feet. The airline’s year-round service from Birmingham to the Big Apple will feature new salads and appetizers personally designed by Mark, including a fresh and fragrant ‘gem wedge salad, with roasted squash, dried cranberries and a black sesame and tahini dressing’. Mark has also enhanced the cheese plate by hand-selecting local cheeses from the Midlands, including Red Leicester.

“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 creative choices that are delicious and appealing to the eye, using great quality ingredients to get the palette watering at altitude.”

Premium Meal by Mark Sargeant

Premium Meal by Mark Sargeant

Business Class customers returning from NYC to Birmingham can also look forward to Maneet Chauhan’s globally-inspired three course à la carte menu. Appetizers include ‘melon manchego carpaccio with lime’ and ‘kalette and saffron orzo salad’.

Main courses include ‘tamarind ginger filet of beef with Brussels sprouts and basmati rice’, ‘quinoa and panko crusted prawns with roasted rainbow carrots and zucchini noodles’, ‘fenugreek herbed chicken with tomato quinoa rice, haricots verts and  tikka masala sauce’ and ‘goat cheese cornbread arepa with red wine braised lentils and crumbled goat cheese’. A selection of decadent desserts including a ‘four seasons mousse cake’, ‘ice cream sundae’ and a ‘gourmet cheese plate’ complete the meal.

“We’re very excited to be bringing Mark and Maneet onboard,” said Fernand Fernandez, vice president of global marketing. “These new dishes use fresh ingredients and innovative flavour combinations to create delicious modern menus for our transatlantic customers. 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 enhancing the experience for our customers.”

Hailing from Kent, Mark was awarded his first Michelin Star in 2002 as Head Chef at Gordon Ramsay at Claridge’s. 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 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.

Maneet, who is best known for her role as a resident judge on the Emmy-nominated television show ‘Chopped’, has enjoyed an illustrious career working in the finest hotels and restaurants in India and the U.S. Maneet was born and raised in India’s Punjab province, before moving to New York to attend the Culinary Institute of America. Infusing Western and Asian culinary disciplines, Maneet became the Executive Chef of Vermillion in Chicago and New York at a remarkably young age. From there, Maneet gained widespread acclaim and went on to author her own cookbook ‘Flavors of my World’ and to introduce her own successful spice range. Maneet is currently Executive Chef of Chauhan Ale & Masala House, in Nashville, Tennessee.

American Airlines is in the midst of more than $3 billion in planned improvements to give customers a superior travel experience worldwide. These investments include fully lie-flat seats; international Wi-Fi; more in-flight entertainment options and power outlets; a new, modern design for lounges worldwide including in JFK and London Heathrow. For more information, click here

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