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I much enjoyed Christopher Kostow‘s food at the San Francisco American Express Centurion lounge when it opened. However his food, such as the pork shoulder, wasn’t super popular across the board. So he was out there after three months.
Earlier in the month American Express announced Daniel Patterson as the new executive chef.
Patterson is best known for his two Michelin-starred restaurant Coi in San Francisco which he is stepping down from he says because he’s too busy and isn’t comfortable with a role where he’s chef ‘in name only’. So I was surprised to see the American Express tie-in.
However reader Daniel W. spotted him in the kitchen of the lounge at lunch time yesterday. While I wouldn’t expect to see him there on a regular basis, he has other projects and Bay Area restaurants. But it’s good to see that he’s really engaged.
Credit: Reader Daniel W.
Here’s the new Daniel Patterson menu for the lounge:
The highlight of the lounge, for me, is the wine wall — self pours of wines better than those available in the other Centurion lounges, I remember being impressed on my first visit with the Grgich Hills Zinfandel, quite nice for complimentary.
Platinum Card from American Express cardholders receive complimentary access to Centurion lounges and everything – from food and alcohol and in some lounges spa treatments as well. Access is also complimentary for Centurion cardholders. Other American Express cardholders can pay-in.
Besides San Francisco, the other U.S. lounges open so far are: