After legendary Chef Charlie Trotter’s passing, Trotter alumni and culinary supporters wanted to find a way to continue his charitable and educational initiatives. They joined with his family members to found The Trotter Project, a nonprofit organization committed to mentoring and inspiring a new generation of culinary minds.
United is excited to be the official airline of The Trotter Project and as part of this partnership, which is the first of its kind, we have the honor of collaborating with Charlie Trotter-affiliated chefs to reimagine United’s inflight dining experience. The Trotter Project will gather teams of chefs worldwide to join with the United culinary team in an ongoing collaboration that will offer customers exciting new menu options on flights throughout our global network, with culinary expertise perfectly suited to the wide variety of destinations United serves. In turn, United will support the mission of The Trotter Project through sponsorship and mentorship programs, helping to develop the next great generation of chefs.
Customers dining in all of our cabins can enjoy the enhanced dining experience developed by The Trotter Project chefs and United executive chefs. Together they will work to create gourmet menu options for United Polaris® and premium transcontinental service, as well as inspiring new items for our international economy dining.
Various types of inflight entertainment are available on our aircraft. Visit our United Private Screening site to find out which entertainment options will be provided on your upcoming flight. Please note that if the aircraft scheduled for your flight changes, then the amenities may change as well.
Enjoy our arrival dining service to complete your journey and arrive feeling refreshed and ready to take on the day. We offer a variety of entrees, depending on your time of arrival.
United’s executive chefs Gerry McLoughlin and Gerry Gulli are the orchestrators of distinctive inflight dining at 35,000 feet and work closely with corporate chefs to continually evaluate evolving food trends in an effort to bring the best inflight dining experiences to United customers. This includes the chefs occasionally hopping on a United flight and interacting with customers and crew members to get their feedback.
Working to complement the gourmet offerings developed by the team of chefs is Doug Frost, United’s Master Sommelier. Frost, an expert wine aficionado who works with our beverage committee in the selection and pairing of wines, is one of the world’s three Master Sommeliers and Masters of Wine.
Gerry McLoughlin is the Senior Manager of Food and Beverage Design and Executive Chef within United’s culinary team. After completing his culinary degree and a five year apprenticeship at The Shelbourne, a historic hotel in Dublin, Ireland, Chef McLoughlin worked at various establishments including The Drake hotel and The Metropolitan Club in Chicago, and is a member of the American Culinary Federation. With more than 30 years of culinary management experience, Chef McLoughlin oversees worldwide menu development.
Gerry Gulli is an Executive Chef for United who combines his love of food with his interest in aviation. He has been widely recognized for his creativity in designing menus with broad international and regional appeal during his more than 25 years of culinary experience. After receiving his culinary degree, Chef Gulli apprenticed at Chicago’s Ritz Carlton, Drake, and Palmer House hotels.
Doug Frost is one of four people in the world who have passed both the Master Sommelier and Master of Wine exams. According to USA Today, “Frost likely knows as much as anyone in the world about how to make, market, serve and identify wines.” Doug is actively involved with United’s beverage committee in reviewing, tasting and selecting wines served on all flights.
Complimentary earbuds are available on select flights
We recommend bringing your own headphones for your flight, but if you forget them, you can enjoy our inflight entertainment with complimentary earbuds, available by request on select flights.
Can your screen be seen?
Most films have been edited for airline use. However, customer discretion is still advised. Customers are also welcome to view their own content as long as they are able to show that the programming has an MPAA rating of “R” or less. Please be mindful of those around you and try to make sure that any children seated near you aren’t able to see scenes with violence or adult themes.
Personal device entertainment
United offers more free entertainment streamed to your own personal device than any other airline in the world. Learn about our personal device entertainment and make sure your mobile device is ready before boarding.