James Beard Award Finalist Chef Coming To CLT Centurion Lounge

CTL Centurion Lounge

James Beard Award Finalist Chef Coming To CLT Centurion Lounge

American Express will officially be welcoming James Beard Award finalist Chef Gregory Collier as the Executive Chef at the Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) Centurion Lounge.

Chef Gregory Collier is known for both pushing the boundaries of traditional Southern food and uplifting Black culinary talent through mentorship in the Charlotte area. In 2016, Greg and his wife Subrina, were among the founders of The Soul Food Sessions, a series of innovative dining events designed to acknowledge and support people of color in the culinary arts, restaurant and hospitality industries and beverage services. In 2020, Subrina and Greg served on the President’s Small Business and Entrepreneurs Advisory Council, and the couple also opened their newest concept, Leah & Louise in Charlotte.

Chef Gregory Collier and Subrina Collier

Bringing his talents to the Centurion Lounge at CLT, Greg has created a menu that serves modern interpretations of Southern classics that honor Mississippi river valley foodways (Memphis, Jackson, Mississippi and New Orleans). Menu highlights include French Toast topped with a golden raisin compote and black pepper whipped cream, Leah’s Cabbage, a roasted cabbage with andouille sausage and hot honey and much more. 

The Centurion Lounge at CLT is a fan favorite and features amenities such as:

  • SPECIALTY COCKTAILS: A complimentary full bar with custom cocktails created by renowned Centurion Lounge mixologist Jim Meehan and wines selected by wine authority, Anthony Giglio
  • EXPANSIVE SPACE: Spanning more than 13,000 square feet, the lounge contains essentials for business and leisure travelers alike, including dedicated workspaces, power outlets, private phone areas, comfortable seating, and access to high-speed Wi-Fi
  • TRAVEL FRIENDLY DESIGNS: Family rooms designed as a respite for parents and kids alike, floor-to-ceiling windows with sweeping airfield and downtown skyline views.

Check out some of the dishes that you can now find at the CTL Centurion Lounge, and hopefully you can also find a seat to enjoy them.

The Centurion Lounge Network

Here is a list of the lounges that are currently available and the ones that will open soon: The Centurion Lounge is the signature lounge program within the broader American Express Global Lounge Collection, which provides The Business Platinum Card® from American Express, The Platinum Card® from American Express, Delta SkyMiles® Reserve American Express Card, and Amex Centurion Members, with access to more than 1,400+ lounges around the world, in 500 plus cities across 140 countries and counting (Terms Apply). Card Members can search and find lounge locations within the Global Lounge Collection through the Find A Lounge page. This tool is available online and in the Amex app. They can also check into select Centurion Lounges through the mobile check-in tool within the American Express App.


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