One Flew South named as semifinalist for James Beard Awards

Filed in Concessions by on March 4, 2014

One Flew South

One Flew South has become the first airport restaurant in the U.S. to be a contender for the prestigious James Beard Awards, which are to chefs and restaurateurs what the Oscars are to actors and directors.

The restaurant, which has offered a Southern-inspired menu and a full sushi bar on Concourse E since 2008, was named in mid-February as a semifinalist for Outstanding Service, one of a handful of Atlanta establishments to be recognized this year. The James Beard Foundation is arguably the nation’s top recognition programs honoring professionals in the food and beverage industries.

“At the world’s busiest passenger airport, customer service is one of our top priorities,” says Hartsfield-Jackson Interim General Manager Miguel Southwell. “Part of that commitment includes creating unique experiences for travelers, such as offering fine dining options with exceptional customer service. One Flew South certainly excels in this endeavor. I am proud of One Flew South and the terrific staff for their hard work, and wish them luck in this competition.”

One Flew South has consistently been recognized nationally and internationally for its “Southernational” cuisine from Chef Duane Nutter ‑ and for its bar program led by Tiffanie Barriere ‑ by such magazines and travel sites as EsquireFood and WineForbes, and Fodors.  Most recently, it was named as the country’s best airport eatery by CNN.com and bartender Tokiwa Sears won the Taste of Atlanta Barcraft Competition.

“From initial design to the daily operation of One Flew South, our relationship with the Atlanta airport has been paramount to the restaurant’s success today,” says One Flew South principal Daniel Halpern. “With the support of the Hartsfield-Jackson team and our own service leaders, we take great pride in offering travelers an exceptional dining experience in a welcoming and dynamic environment.”

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