HMSHost won four awards at Airports Council International-North America

Channel Your Inner Chef at Chicago O’Hare International Airport and exclusive restaurant 1897 Market at Charlotte Douglas International Airport honored with top awards HMSHost also recognized for Best New Food and Beverage (Quick-Service Concept) and for Best New National Brand Concept

Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA) recognized HMSHost through the Excellence in Airport Concessions Awards with First Place for Best Innovative Consumer Experience Concept or Practice for its Channel Your Inner Chef live culinary contest at Chicago O’Hare International Airport, and First Place for Best New Food and Beverage (Full-Service Concept) for its proprietary restaurant 1897 Market at Charlotte Douglas International Airport. HMSHost also placed for Best New Food and Beverage (Quick-Service Concept) for La Madeleine at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, and for Best New National Brand Concept for Starbucks Evenings at Los Angeles International Airport.

The ACI-NA Excellence in Concessions Contest inspires creativity in the airport industry and recognizes innovative and outstanding airport concessions.



Channel Your Inner Chef, held at Chicago O’Hare in partnership with the Chicago Department of Aviation, is an innovative recipe contest that was developed to spotlight local flavor and celebrate HMSHost’s sponsorship of the 2015 James Beard Awards. Back by popular demand, it was recently held for a second time at O’Hare, in celebration of HMSHost’s sponsorship of the 2016 James Beard Awards. The contest encouraged travelers and associates to submit a video of themselves preparing their favorite recipe. Five finalists were selected to compete in a live cook-off right in the airport, with the winner receiving two tickets to the James Beard Awards gala, round trip airfare, and having their winning dish featured on the menu of an HMSHost-operated restaurant at the airport. For more information, please visit  

1897 Market is an urban gourmet market where travelers can experience an epicurean immersion before jet-setting. 1897 Market greets travelers with a wide selection of dining options that are freshly made from locally-sourced ingredients. The restaurant features a raw bar, meat carvery, pizza oven, and wraparound bar, as well as a market with unique items and gifts, and a lounge seating area. 1897 Market was named for the year that HMSHost was founded and is the company’s flagship proprietary restaurant brand. Inspiration for 1897 Market comes from HMSHost’s 119 years of experience and passion for serving people on the move. Read more


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