Dean Fearing Does DFW

Dean Fearing's Southwestern cuisine feeds fancy travelers at exclusive DFW Airport lounge

Dean Fearing's cuisine feeds fancy travelers at exclusive DFW lounge

Dean Fearing, airport
Chef Dean Fearing's five-star food will now be served at a Las Vegas-style lounge at DFW Airport. Photo courtesy of Ritz-Carlton

American Express opened a new lounge at DFW Airport's Terminal D with some serious perks, including food from Dallas chef Dean Fearing and an Exhale spa where you can get facials and manicures.

Called the Centurion Lounge, it celebrated its opening on October 15 with a ribbon-cutting that included a feast and in-person appearance by Fearing himself.

This is the second Centurion; the original opened in Las Vegas in early 2013. It has sparked interest from jaded travelers for its lineup of features that go beyond the usual airport facility:

  • Card- and travel-related services such as reservations at restaurants, airlines and hotels
  • Free spa therapies from Exhale
  • Texas-inspired signature cocktails created by mixologist Jim Meehan, or wine from a selection curated by wine director Anthony Giglio
  • Access to Wi-Fi, use of personal computers and noise-buffering workspaces
  • Southwestern cuisine designed by chef Dean Fearing

The food format is a buffet, with a breakfast version running from 7 am-noon, and a lunch and dinner buffet that extends until 10 pm. At breakfast, it's almond bread French toast; egg frittata; blueberry muffins and vanilla-and-orange pound cake; and tacos with spinach and onions, or with egg, sausage and jalapeño Jack cheese.

Dinner options include corn soup, chicken enchilada casserole with green chile sauce, spinach and queso enchilada, brisket tacos, and a warm apple buckle for dessert.

"When American Express asked me to bring a local food tie to the lounge, I said absolutely yes," Fearing says. "I am thrilled that world travelers can experience a little bit of my Texas flavor and local cuisine while traveling through DFW.

"From a personal standpoint, and as a traveler myself, the American Express Centurion Lounge concept also suits all of my needs. I can relax, work on the road, enjoy great food, and have access to well-known wines and spirits – all in a single lounge. I am excited and honored to be part of this innovation."

Access is free to Platinum and Business Platinum as well as Mercedes-Benz Platinum cardholders and Centurion card members. Any other American Express card member can access it for a $50 fee.