American Express Hires Renowned Chefs for New Centurion Lounges
American Express announced that it has added two new executive chefs, Christopher Kostow and Cedric Vongerichten, to its Centurion Lounge culinary team. Kostow and Vongerichten will offer their services at the new lounges at San Francisco International Airport and New York’s LaGuardia International Airport, respectively, both of which are slated to open later this year.
Kostow is the head chef of the Restaurant at Meadowood in California’s Napa Valley, and has been named Best Chef: West by the James Beard Foundation. Vongerichten is the executive chef at Perry St, a Jean Georges restaurant in Manhattan, and was named by Zagat as one of the top 30 up-and-coming chefs under the age of 30 in 2011.
American Express Centurion Lounges offer a gourmet buffet and bar to American Express card members. Platinum and Centurion cardholders may access the lounge on a complimentary basis, while other members may purchase a day pass for a fee of $50.
American Express currently operates Centurion Lounges at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas and Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, and plans to open a new lounge at Miami International Airport.
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