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Delaware North Companies Travel Hospitality Services at Ft. Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport Partners with Celebrity Chef Allen Susser

Chef Allen to Develop an Exclusive Line of Local, Seasonal Menu Items for airport

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (November 05, 2009) – Delaware North Companies Travel Hospitality Services at Ft. Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport has partnered with celebrity chef Allen Susser to develop Chef Allen 2 Go branded menu items for the airport.

Susser, best known as Chef Allen, is a New World Cuisine pioneer and will infuse the cooking influences of Florida, the Caribbean and Latin America into the sandwiches, salads, seafood dishes and desserts he creates for travelers at Ft. Lauderdale airport. Susser will use local, South Florida ingredients, based on their seasonal availability, to ensure his food is always fresh.

“I look forward to bringing my unique style of cooking, rich with fresh Latin American and Caribbean flavors and seasonal ingredients, to the Fort Lauderdale airport,” said Susser. “This new partnership with Delaware North enables us to broaden and enhance what people expect from airport food.”

Susser’s interpretation of South Florida cooking is an important contribution to American culinary craftsmanship, and has won him accolades from prominent food writers. Food and Wine named him a top 10 New Chef in America in 1991. Time magazine called Allen’s cuisine "a New World marvel.” The New York Times named Allen Susser "the Ponce de Leon of New Floridian cooking.”

Delaware North Companies Travel Hospitality Services helped revolutionize airport dining nationwide with its Gateway Concept, which focuses on developing airports into reflections of their communities and economic development engines for their regions by showcasing local tastes and products. The introduction of Chef Allen 2 Go products at Ft. Lauderdale is tangible evidence of this program’s value.

“The Gateway Concept is something we’re very proud of and it’s helped us develop this partnership with Chef Allen,” said Matt King, president of Delaware North Companies Travel Hospitality Services. “We pride ourselves in partnering with innovative brands that expand travelers’ perceptions of airport food. We are confident this partnership with Chef Allen will provide travelers with the unique opportunity to experience South Florida’s regional flavors and the cooking master that has made him famous”

Delaware North Companies Travel Hospitality Services operates all food and beverage operations in the Ft. Lauderdale airport.

Delaware North Companies is a global leader in hospitality and food service with operations at such places as Wembley Stadium in the United Kingdom, Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida, Busch Stadium in St. Louis, and Yosemite National Park. The company’s Travel and Hospitality Services division operates at more than 20 airports nationwide, including Los Angeles International Airport and Detroit Metro Airport.