American Airlines is adding two new ingredients – Chef Richard Sandoval and Chef Marcus Samuelsson – to its inflight dining program as part of the airline’s ongoing effort to enhance and differentiate the on-board travel experience.
On Oct. 1, American will begin offering signature menu items designed by Chef Sandoval onboard flights between the U.S. and Europe, Asia and Latin America in American’s premium class cabins. Also beginning Oct. 1, American will debut the New American Table menu featuring original creations by Chef Samuelsson. His offerings will be available for purchase on domestic flights more than two hours in length as part of the Main Cabin dining program.
“American revolutionized the airline industry when it first introduced original menu items from some of the world’s top chefs more than 20 years ago. Today, American continues to leverage the expertise of some of the most prominent and well-respected chefs to help define the direction of our inflight dining experience,” said Rob Friedman, American’s Vice President – Marketing. “Chef Sandoval and Chef Samuelsson – two highly-talented members of the culinary community – will further enhance the onboard travel experience for our customers by providing a broader range of options to satisfy our customers’ diverse tastes.”
Specializing in modern Latin cuisine, Chef Sandoval has developed fresh and innovative entrees exclusively for American Airlines using authentic Latin ingredients and international flavors. After graduating from the Culinary Institute of America, Chef Sandoval gained the attention of New Yorkers with the opening of Maya, his first modern Mexican restaurant. Sandoval has been recognized as Father of Modern Mexican Cuisine for his blend of traditional Mexican ingredients and contemporary cooking techniques that define Maya’s cuisine. Since the opening of Maya, Chef Sandoval has applied his mantra of “old ways, new hands” to diverse Latin concepts, ranging from Coastal Mexican Cuisine at Pampano to Latin-Asian at Zengo. He was named “Restaurateur of the Year” in 2006 by Bon Appetit and today acts as Chef and Owner of Richard Sandoval Restaurants, a leading international restaurant group with more than 20 locations around the world.
Signature entrees by Chef Sandoval featured onboard American Airlines will rotate monthly and include a lemongrass marinated chicken breast with yucca purée, chayote salad with a citrus sauce and halibut with truffle corn salsa and sweet potato purée.