Up-and-Coming Chefs Cook to Impress - United Hub

Up-and-coming chefs cook to impress

By Matt Adams, August 14, 2017

High school students from across Chicago got the chance to put their culinary skills to the test on a big stage last week at the Rising Chef Challenge – Chicago, created and sponsored by United, with support from The Trotter Project and the Careers Through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP). We also hosted the Rising Chef Challenge – Los Angeles in June.

students receiving guidance from a local celebrity chef

Competing teams of young gourmets were tasked with creating imaginative menu items with local celebrity chefs serving as their mentors. Bill Kim of UrbanBelly and BellyQ, who contributed to our United Polaris menu, worked with the winners, Team Tomato, to develop two entrees and a dessert each based around the assigned primary ingredient, tomatoes.

tomatoes at a market.

Each team's dishes were judged by United's Chef Gerry McLoughlin, United Sponsorships Director Rahsaan Johnson, The Trotter Project Executive Director Derrek Hull, Senior Program Coordinator at Chicago Public Schools David Blackman and United Employee Service Center Operations Representative Marshawn Pitchford, who is also a graduate of C-CAP.

Team Tomato was composed of 10th grader Swahdreeznya Rosier, 12th grader Jada Harris and 11th grader Nia Alexander. For winning the challenge, we awarded each of them with a Shun knife set, and one MVP from each team was selected to intern alongside local Trotter Project chefs, a list that includes Chef Kristopher Delee of The Duck Inn, Chef Aaron Lirette of Green River, Chef Toni Robertson of The Peninsula Chicago, and Chef Sari Worsham of mfk. restaurant.

"Watching the judges try our food and really enjoy it filled us with pride," Ms. Rosier said. "Overall, this was a very fast-paced learning experience that will only motivate my team and me to continue doing our best in the kitchen."

United Sponsorship Manager Janelle Edwards, who managed both Rising Chef Challenge events, was thrilled to play a part in encouraging emerging chefs, some of whom might find their way to United in the years to come. "Watching the students was an amazing experience," she said. "We worked with underrepresented minorities and provided them a once-in-a-lifetime culinary opportunity. By participating in this program, the students learned life skills like procuring fresh produce and the importance of teamwork, and I believe we made a lasting impact."

United Cargo operates more than 11,000 cargo-only flights in one year

By The Hub team, March 19, 2021

On March 19, 2020, United operated its first flight carrying cargo without passengers on board. While the passenger cabin was empty, its cargo hold was completely full, carrying more than 29,000 pounds of commodities from Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD) to Frankfurt Airport (FRA).

A year later, United Cargo has operated more than 11,000 cargo-only flights carrying more than 570 million pounds of freight. To support the COVID-19 pandemic recovery efforts, United Cargo has also transported more than 113 million pounds of medical and pharmaceutical products on both cargo-only and passenger flights as well as approximately 10 million COVID-19 vaccines, providing global communities access to the items they have needed most.

10 tips for spring travel

By The Hub team, February 24, 2021

Whether you haven't flown with us for a while or just need a quick refresher before your spring trip, read this list of tips to know before your flight and arrive at the airport travel-ready:

1. Download the United app for contactless bag check, travel assistance and more

Before your flight, download the United app to view your flight status, check in, sign up for flight notifications, locate departure gates, access our free personal device entertainment when available and more. We've also updated our app with new features that can make your trip a little safer, including contactless bag check.

Don't forget to use Agent on Demand for help with any and all questions you may have before your flight. This new capability is available at all our U.S. hub airports and allows you to use your own mobile device to contact a customer service agent via phone, video or chat to help with day-of-travel questions while you're at the airport. Learn more about Agent on Demand here.

United joins UNICEF COVAX initiative

By The Hub team, February 19, 2021

This week, we were honored to become the first U.S. airline to join the UNICEF Humanitarian Airfreight Initiative to combat the COVID-19 pandemic by transporting the vaccine and other critically needed supplies to underserved areas of the globe.

"We are committed to helping the global community in any way we can, and we all must work together to do our part to bring this health and humanitarian crisis to an end," said Director of Cargo Specialty Products Manu Jacobs.

We will leverage our expertise to transport these critical pharmaceutical and healthcare shipments around the world safely, efficiently and expediently. We are proud to partner with the United Nations to support this global effort and provide equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines.

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