Chef Jean-Marie Lacroix Joined Spectra Culinary Innovation Summit and Challenge as Guest Speaker and Judge

Our culinary team believes that creativity is an important ingredient in all kitchens! Our new owners, Spectra by Comcast Spectacor, share this philosophy and believe in collaboration which sparked the idea for their first ever Spectra Culinary Innovation Summit. Chef Jean-Marie Lacroix was invited to speak to eleven of Spectra’s All-star executive chefs about his successful career as well as be one of five judges for a culinary challenge.

Only one dish was named the winner by the panel of five judges, Pretzel-crusted Philly Cheesesteak Croquette, but the challenge resulted in eight dishes that will be added to Spectra menus. The new menu items will appear Nationwide in hundreds of Spectra managed stadiums, arenas, convention centers, and catering properties across North America, beginning as early as this fall. There is a strong possibility that these game-changing recipes will be adapted for Brûlée Catering’s events and cafés menus also.

“The Pretzel Crusted Philly Cheesesteak Croquette is the perfect new addition as it can be served at ballparks and arenas, and can be tweaked as a bite-size appetizers on catering menus at special events,” said Spectra’s Scott Swiger, Vice President, Culinary Excellence. “Our chefs from across the country collaborated and created several delicious items that we look forward to adding to our Spectra menus across all of our platforms.”

Pretzel-crusted Philly Cheesesteak Croquettes, the Spectra Culinary winning dish, are plated up in various ways to show the diversity of the new menu item. (Charles Cherney/AP Images for Spectra)

Pretzel-crusted Philly Cheesesteak Croquettes, the Spectra Culinary winning dish, are plated up in various ways to show the diversity of the new menu item. (Charles Cherney/AP Images for Spectra)

The Spectra Culinary Summit on Thursday August 10, 2017, in Rosemont IL (Charles Cherney/AP Images for Spectra)

Chef Jean-Marie Lacroix was a guest speaker addressing the Spectra Chefs at Spectra’s Culinary Innovation Summit.

Chef Lacroix mentoring chefs

Chef Jean-Marie Lacroix participates in the Spectra Culinary Innovation Summit as a judge and mentor alongside (L-R) Spectra ’s Chad Vanderploeg and Christopher Walters. (Charles Cherney/AP Images for Spectra by Comcast Spectacor)

The Spectra Culinary Summit on Thursday August 10, 2017, in Rosemont IL (Charles Cherney/AP Images for Spectra)

Chef Jean-Marie Lacroix poses for a photo with Scott Swiger, Vice President, Culinary Excellence at Spectra during the Culinary Innovation Summit held at US Foods headquarters in Rosemont, Illinois.

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