• Chelsea Pacella

Celebrity Chef Inspired Airport Restaurants

Updated: Jun 21, 2018

We checked out a few of the many celebrity chef restaurants that are popping up in restaurants worldwide. While we highly encourage you to try these restaurants yourselves, we are confident that this is a trend that needs to stay.


Tortas Frontera by Rick Bayless- O'Hare International Airport (ORD)

Tortas Frontera by Celebrity chef Rick Bayless is considered one of the best Mexican airport restaurants in the country. The warm flavor of authentic chicken tortilla soup to the savory freshness of the chipotle chicken, roasted mushroom, and pepito tortas consistently impress travelers.

Nobody likes that guy on the airplane with a sloppy bag of food; so if you're in a rush, opt for a savory sandwich to not mess up your hands or relationship with your seatmates.


Tortas has three locations in ORD: Terminal 1, B11; Terminal 3, K4; and Terminal 5, K12.


Insider Tip: Pair the Pepito Torta with the Poblano Corn Chowder. Dip the torta in the chowder and let your taste buds take off.


Jamie Oliver - London Gatwick Aiport (LGW)

Jamie's Italian is located in the North Terminal (airside) of the London Gatwick Airport. It's perfect for coffee, a quick bite, or those who plan to sit a while.

Jamie's Italian sells breakfast items including breakfast buns, pastries, omelets, and oatmeal. Jamie threw out the classic Italian rulebook and reconstructed favorite pasta dishes with his own class flair; however, even the most staunch traditionalist might approve of Jamie's Italian.


Insider tip: Short on time? Grab something from the bakery for your flight. Or at least avoid the display case because you won't be able to resist the baked goods for long.


Roger Mooking- Toronto, Ontario (YYZ)

Twist brings healthy flavors from celebrity chef, tv host, and cookbook author Roger Mooking. The restaurant focuses on gluten-free, vegetarian, and sustainable options, and sources many ingredients from local Canadian suppliers. While the ingredients may be local, the flavors are bold and exotic, as in the Fried Chicken made with Japanese spices and Thai-influences crispy herbs.


Insider Tip: Indulge in the Splat Scones, made with Devonshire cream, lavender honey, and peameal bacon.


Mike Isabella-Ronald Regan Washington National Airport (DCA)

A sister restaurant to Mike Isabella's Kapnos in Washington, D.C., Kapnos Taverna serves classic and coastal-inspired Greek dishes at DCA. The menu is a traditional take on the ancient cuisine and a modern ode to Northern Greece. Enjoy roasted meats, Greek meze, and seafood towers from the Greek Islands while you wait through your next layover.


Insider Tip: Kapnos has a Greek-heavy wine list and Mediterranean-inspired cocktails created by Mike Isabella Concepts beverage director, Taha Ismail.

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