Two new chefs join a team of culinary all-stars at this year’s US Open in Queens

Photos by Jenna Bagcal/QNS

Fans attending the 2018 U.S. Open can enjoy a lively tennis match along with an array of tasty bites served up by world-renowned chefs, including newcomers Marc Forgione and JJ Johnson.

The chefs join the ranks of other big names in food including returning chefs Ed Brown, David Burke, Josh Capon, David Chang, Esther Choi, Tony Mantuano, Masaharu Morimoto and Marcus Samuelsson, who bring a variety of tastes to guests.

An estimated 700,000 diners will get to sample dishes from the Food Village, restaurants and concessions stands in the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center grounds at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park.

This year, QNS had the opportunity to sample some of the food curated by the United States Tennis Association and hospitality partner Levy, which includes a plethora of options like handmade sushi from Chef Morimoto, a spicy Bahn Mi Bacon Dog from JoJu, or sweet treats like Le Chef Paul Crêperie’s apple crepes and a selection of ice cream cookie sandwiches from Melt Bakery.

New this year’s lineup are Chef Johnson, who is slated to open his new Harlem-based restaurant FIELDTRIP in fall 2018 and Chef Forgione of the NYC-based Steakhouse American Cut.

Johnson’s U.S. Open selections include some grain bowls from FIELDTRIP’s menu including Piri Piri Salmon and Pineapple Black Rice, made with hand-caught Skuna Bay salmon in a citrusy and flavorful Piri Piri sauce, served with Anson Mills Black China Rice along with shaved cabbage, edamame and pineapple.

Chef Forgione is serving up signature steakhouse specialties at Champions by American Cut. Guests can enjoy the OG 1942 Hotel Caesar, classic shrimp cocktail, bite-sized crab cakes and the signature pastrami ribeye steak.

Returning chefs are serving up some of their own flavorful creations, some of which are new to the U.S. Open like the Fuku 110 Burger from Momofuku chef and Founder David Cheng. In the 110, two Pat Lafreida beef patties are topped with cheese, applewood smoked bacon, pickles and Fuku Mayo all on Hot Bread Kitchen Bing Bread.

Hungry for more? Get a taste of everything being served at the U.S. Open on their website. Check out photos of the food offerings at the U.S. Open below.

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