United Airlines has announced their newest in-flight dining offering, which has been created in partnership with The Trotter Project. Created to honor the late Chef Charlie Trotter, who was a legend in Chicago with his Michelin-starred eponymous restaurant, The Trotter Project seeks to unite those interested in the culinary arts and service industries. Now with United, the alumni-driven organization has designed brand new premium-cabin meals.
"Our relationship with United is a natural fit, given Chef Charlie Trotter's history as one of its celebrity chefs," says Derrek Hull, executive director of The Trotter Project. "Through this exciting, new partnership, his alumni and culinary supporters will continue that spirit of service and excellence. We look forward to further elevating the in-flight dining experience for United's customers and providing more opportunities to the next generation of great culinary talent."
The culinary talent who will be contributing to the new menu includes Richie Farina (former Executive Chef at Chicago's Michelin-starred Moto Restaurant and Top Chef contestant), Della Gossett of Spago Beverly Hills, Mitchell Nordby (Sous Chef at Parallel 37 at The Ritz Carlton, San Francisco), Priscila Satkoff of Chicago's Salpicon restaurant and a Chicago Chefs Hall of Fame inductee, and Christian Ramos of Virginia's restaurant in New York City (and formerly of Per Se).
"Our partnership with The Trotter Project is an excellent addition to the investment we are making in products and services for our customers, from booking until they reach their final destinations," says Sandra Pineau-Boddison, United's Senior Vice President of Customers. "By pairing our team of chefs with those affiliated with The Trotter Project, we will continue to offer our customers innovative dining options."
The airline hasn’t released any information on the specific menu items or pricing, but have promised that fliers will get a taste within the next few months.