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If you’re a serious foodie, you have one more reason to get either The Platinum Card® from American Express or the American Express Centurion Card: Cardholders have access to the Global Dining Collection.
This perk provides special access to reservations at some of the world’s most exclusive restaurants, as well as the opportunity to take advantage of special events catered by some of the finest chefs on the planet.
It’s true that Platinum and Centurion members have always had a dedicated concierge service at their disposal, but the Global Dining Collection takes fine dining to the next level. Many of the 140+ restaurants have earned Michelin stars, and a number of them have been featured in the annual list of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants.
Here are some highlights of the culinary hots spots featured in the American Express Global Dining Collection, many of which are notoriously difficult to get into:
- Atelier Crenn and Bar Crenn, San Francisco
- The French Laundry, Napa
- Minibar, Washington, DC
- Girl & The Goat, Chicago
- Daniel, New York
- Eleven Madison Park, New York
- Per Se, New York
- Le Louis XV, Monaco
- Alain Ducasse Au Plaza Athenee, Paris
- Benoit, Paris
- Le Jules Verne, Paris
- Restaurant Le Meurice, Paris
- Osteria Francescana, Modena, Italy
- La Pergola, Rome
- El Celler de Can Roca, Girona, Spain
- Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester, London
- L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon, London
- Helene Darroze at The Connaught, London
Asia and Australia:
- Glass Brasserie, Sydney
- Pierre, Hong Kong
- Yee Tung Heen, Hong Kong
- Man Wah, Hong Kong
- Signature, Tokyo
- Beige, Tokyo
- Zuma, Bangkok
Middle East and Africa:
- Ling Ling, Marrakesh
- Idam, Doha
- Social by Heinz Beck, Dubai
You’ll get hungry just reading about some of the top toques participating in the program:
Thomas Keller: Considered by many to be the foremost chef in America, Keller is the proprietor of two restaurants that have each been awarded three Michelin stars: The French Laundry in California wine country and Per Se in New York City. He is famous for his graceful adaptations of French cooking techniques in dishes that feature locally sourced ingredients.
Alain Ducasse: A culinary superstar, Ducasse has put his name on over two dozen restaurants worldwide that collectively hold 21 Michelin stars. His technique ranges from elevated French bistro cooking at Benoit to the height of haute cuisine at Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester.
Dominique Crenn: A native of France, Crenn was one of the first women to shatter the traditional glass ceiling of the kitchen. She has lived in San Francisco since the 1980s. Her flagship restaurant, Atelier Crenn, holds two Michelin stars and offers a light and inspired tasting menu that changes with the seasons.
Stephanie Izard is both a serious chef and a girl who just wants to have fun in the kitchen. She operates three Chicago restaurants: Girl & The Goat (globally influenced cuisine in a relaxed setting), Duck Duck Goat (authentic Chinese) and Little Goat (a bakery and diner focused on classic comfort food).
Massimo Bottura is the chef/proprietor of Osteria Francescana in Modena, Italy, “the land of fast cars and slow food.” Famous for combining traditional Italian dishes with modern culinary techniques, he has earned three Michelin stars and has been ranked number one on the list of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants in 2016 and 2018.
Daniel Humm: Originally from Switzerland, Humm has been working in kitchens since the age of fourteen. He is chef and co-owner of Eleven Madison Park in Manhattan, which has garnered a trio of Michelin stars, and is known for the freshness and purity of his locally sourced ingredients.
The Roca Brothers (Joan, Josep and Jordi) operate El Celler de Can Roca in Girona, Spain. The restaurant specializes in classic Catalan cuisine with modern twists, and it has attracted universal acclaim: in addition to receiving Michelin’s ultimate accolade, it has also led the list of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants in 2013 and 2015.
José Andres, one of the foremost Spanish-American chefs, studied under Ferran Adria at the legendary elBulli and became a proponent of Adria’s molecular cuisine. Andres is best known for his Washington, DC restaurant minibar: with only twelve seats (six at the counter and six in an adjacent dining room), it is one of the hardest restaurant reservations in the country to acquire.
Perks and Special Events
Many of the restaurants in the Global Dining Collection offer “member experiences” to Amex Platinum and Centurion cardholders. These vary from complimentary glasses of wine to kitchen treats and special menus not offered to the general public.
In addition, the program sponsors cardholder events and pop-up restaurants around the world, such as the 2017 masterclass and dinner hosted by Massimo Bottura at The Peninsula in Hong Kong.
This year, American Express and Eleven Madison Park are joining forces to bring back the EMP Summer House in East Hampton, New York, which will run until Labor Day; later this year, they will collaborate on the EMP Winter House in Aspen.
How It Works
To access the restaurants in the Global Dining Collection, call the number on the back of your card and speak with the concierge. There is no charge for this service.
Cardholders are subject to the restaurant’s cancellation policy, which will be explained by the concierge when they make their reservation. While reservations aren’t guaranteed, participating restaurants do set aside tables for Platinum and Centurion members, so your chances for securing a table are better than average.
Finally, note that the Global Dining Collection is open to holders of The Business Platinum® Card from American Express and the Business Centurion Card from American Express, not just to those with the personal versions of those two cards.
Featured photo courtesy La Pergola, Rome.
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