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March 5, 2020

HMSHost Debuts Female Curated Tastemakers Menu at U.S. Airports

Menu celebrates women in the culinary arts and winemaking industries with salty, sweet, and savory delights

A snapshot of each chef’s creations on HMSHost’s Women’s Tastemaker menu

BETHESDA, Md. (March 5, 2020) – Cheers to International Women's Month! An exclusive menu curated by all female chefs and a winemaker debuts this month at more than two dozen airport restaurants across the country.   

The new tasting menu launched with global restaurateur HMSHost celebrates women in the culinary arts and winemaking industries. The menu is crafted by previous Channel Your Inner Chef winners Nikkia Stone, Zoe Kelly, and Anna Cooper. Each chef brought her unique culinary flair to develop distinctive bites for the tasting menu under the categories of Salty, Savory, and Sweet.

“I’m honored to work alongside these women to showcase a culinary sensory experience for travelers. Channel Your Inner Chef propelled my culinary career and I’m thrilled to have this opportunity to work alongside these talented chefs to pair our dishes with Chandon,” said chef Zoe Kelly.

The tasting menu includes:
•  Salty, from Nikkia Stone of Chicago, features a Smoked Salmon wrapped around a grissini with sun dried tomato and topped with a dill crema
•  Savory, from Zoe Kelly of Miami, is a Crab Avocado Toast tossed with mango remoulade and topped with thinly sliced chili pepper
•  Sweet, from Anna Cooper of Houston, spotlights a Fresh Red Fruit Salad with strawberries, raspberries, cherries, grapes and pomegranate seeds, topped with shredded coconut and a Chandon Rosé glaze

The menu debut is in partnership with Moet Hennessy’s Chandon Sparkling Wine, crafted by female winemaker Pauline Lohte. The menu is paired with a glass of Chandon Rosé, described as charismatic, lively and bursting with strawberry, raspberry, and red currant aromas. 

“I’m thrilled to pair our Chandon Rosé with this brilliant HMSHost menu created by these outstanding female chefs. The pairing with our exceptional sparkling wine adds just the right tasting notes to complement their creations,” said Pauline Lhote, Chandon Head Winemaker.

Whether you’re traveling this month or not, join us in sharing a story of a woman tastemaker in your life with #HMSHostTastemakers.  

The menu debut is part of HMSHost further spotlighting and creating unique opportunities for up-and-coming culinary talent. Nikkia, Zoe, and Anna are past years’ Channel Your Inner Chef winners. Channel Your Inner Chef is a first-of-its-kind live cooking competition held inside one of the world’s busiest airports, Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport. The cook-off has become a platform for aspiring chefs to showcase their culinary talents.  

HMSHost Leading the Industry
HMSHost is recognized by the industry as the top provider of travel dining with awards such as Restaurateur with the Highest Regard Customer Service, as well as Best Brand Restaurateur for Shake Shack by Airport Experience News. USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice Travel Awards gave first place honors to both of HMSHost’s Whisky River locations at Charlotte Douglas International Airport and Raleigh-Durham International Airport. HMSHost is a leader in sustainability practices which includes its award-winning food donation program, as well as plans to eliminate conventional plastic straw use by 2020. The company also creates original award-winning events and campaigns including Airport Restaurant MonthChannel Your Inner Chef live culinary contest, 1,000 Acts of Kindness, and Eat Well. Travel Further. 

About HMSHost
Global restaurateur HMSHost is a world leader in creating dining for travel venues. HMSHost operates in more than 120 airports around the globe and at more than 80 travel plazas in North America. The company has annual sales of more than $3.5 billion and employs approximately 41,000 associates worldwide. HMSHost is a part of Autogrill Group, the world’s leading provider of food & beverage services for people on the move. With sales of €4.7 billion in 2018, the group operates in 31 countries and employs over 60,000 people. It manages more than 4,000 stores in more than 1,000 locations worldwide. Visit for more information and connect with HMSHost on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

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