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American Airlines Gets Chef Marcus Samuelsson to Make a Sammie

October 5, 2011 at 9:32 AM | by | ()

If you’re lucky enough to be flying up front, you’ll be in for a treat as American Airlines is upgrading its food and beverage options for the better half of the airplane. However, there’s still hope for those wedged back in coach, as there are actually some new options back there as well—they’ll just cost you some money.

Chefs Richard Sandoval and Marcus Samuelsson have been working with the airline to develop some new tasty treats, and things debuted over the weekend on October 1. Premium class passengers—like business and first class—will be treated to the Sandoval-inspired menus on flights heading from the US to spots in Europe, Asia, and Latin America. Some of the options include lemongrass marinated chicken—yum—along with a signature halibut entrée featuring truffle corn salsa and sweet potato puree.

Marcus Samuelsson focused some of his talents on domestic taste buds, as his work is now part of American Airlines’ New American Table options. Marcus' dishes will be available on domestic flights greater than two hours in length, so get those credit cards ready for swiping. Options include a turkey and chutney sandwich (pictured above) along with a breakfast biscuit—they’re promising a buttery buttermilk biscuit topped with smoked turkey breast, sharp cheddar cheese and sliced tomato. You’ll even get some cinnamon pita chips on the side.

It sounds like American Airlines is liking this new arrangement, and they’re already promising more stuff from the two chefs in the coming months. Unfortunately the pricing seems to be a secret, but we’d bet a pair of airline headphones that the goodies will run around $10—as that’s the going rate for some current items on the menu. You know we’ll be all over it on our next American Airlines flight, and we’ll let you know how it compares to the in-flight burger.

[Photo of the new sandwich: American Airlines]

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