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Brûlée’s Culinary Team

Acclaimed James Beard Award-winning Chef Jean-Marie Lacroix could be called the father of Philadelphia’s now well-established and ever growing culinary scene. Lacroix honed his craft for two decades as the executive chef of the Four Season’s Fountain. He then established his namesake restaurant, Lacroix at the Rittenhouse, before joining with GuestCounts Hospitality in 2010. Chef Lacroix helped merge all operational facets of the brands formerly known as Max & Me Catering and Culinary Concepts to launch Brûlée Catering by Chef Jean-Marie Lacroix in 2011.

As Chef-Partner of Brûlée Catering, Lacroix develops impressive menus and oversees all aspects of food and beverage. Chef Lacroix works closely with his team of talented chefs to craft exquisite and inventive cuisine which guests will recall fondly for years.

In addition to putting his signature touch on Brûlée’s menus, Chef Lacroix makes personal appearances at many prestigious events, preparing food and interacting with guests.

Pedigree & Accolades
In 2012, Chef Lacroix was invited to become a member of the first American Chef Corp – a U.S. State Department initiative whose mission is to forge cultural exchanges worldwide through culinary engagement. As a top-rated chef enlisted in this inaugural program, Chef Lacroix will prepare meals for visiting dignitaries, travel abroad for educational programs and host culinary experts from around the world in his own kitchen. Always keen to mentor, Chef Lacroix has also been named to the COOK Masters Program, a new instructional culinary series for aspiring chefs in Philadelphia.

Chef Lacroix received his formal training at Thonon-les-Bains Culinary Academy in his native France. His career took him to Switzerland, England, Scotland and Canada before putting his indelible stamp on Philadelphia’s culinary scene. Following a tenure at The Four Seasons spanning two decades, he became executive chef at his eponymous restaurant, Lacroix, at The Rittenhouse Hotel, where he earned a near-impossible “Four Bells: Superior” review from The Philadelphia Inquirer. Lacroix was also named “Best New Restaurant” by Esquire Magazine in 2003 and “Best Chef, Mid-Atlantic 2001” by the prestigious James Beard Foundation. He also earned Maîtres Cuisinier de France and Académie Culinaire de France status, as well as the Robert Mondavi Award of Excellence.

Chef JC Nunez brings years of experience cooking at celebrated cultural institutions, as well as some of Philadelphia’s premier restaurants. Nunez is currently the Executive Chef at Please Touch Museum at Memorial Hall.

Pedigree & Accolades
Nunez began his culinary career with Restaurant Associates as a chef at Metropolitan Museum of Art and later gained sous chef experience at Philadelphia’s Django and Buddakan, as well as Royalton Hotel in New York City for China Group Management. He then earned a position working closely with Jose Garces, Douglas Rodriguez and Chef Morimoto as an integral part of the opening teams at Morimoto and Alma de Cuba. After serving as Executive Chef of Drexel University, Nunez led the culinary operations for the Philadelphia Museum of Art as Executive Chef from 2006 to 2009. He then served as Executive Sous Chef under Wolfgang Puck at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. He then held the Executive Chef position at one of the largest Bank of America campuses in the country, before joining Brûlée Catering.

James Rodebaugh is Brûlée Catering’s Executive Pastry Chef. Rodebaugh is responsible for crafting the stunning plated desserts and pastry buffets enjoyed by all of our guests at our various events throughout the year.

Pedigree & Accolades
Rodebaugh has been working in kitchens since the age of sixteen. He honed his craft under Chef Tell Erhardt and was an apprentice of Pastry Chef Jonathan Thomas. Despite no formal training from a culinary school, Rodebaugh quickly ascended the ranks in the kitchen, working for Culinary Concepts for six years, before the company’s merger with Max & Me Catering to form Brûlée Catering in 2011.


ChefMattMatt Levin is the Executive Chef for Brûlée Catering at the National Constitution Center, bringing years of culinary experience to the recognized history museum.

Pedigree & Accolades
As a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Matt Levin began his culinary career training under chefs including George Perrier at Le Bec-Fin and Brasserie Perrier and Craig Shelton at The Ryland Inn. Chef Levin eventually went on to distinguished restaurants such as Aureole in New York City and Charlie Trotters in Chicago. He drew national attention as executive chef at the Moonlight Restaurant in New Hope, Pennsylvania.

In 2006, Levin joined the kitchen at Philadelphia’s Lacroix, where Craig LaBan reviewed his work and awarded the cuisine a rare four-bells, hailing Levin’s creations as “Philly’s most sophisticated contemporary cooking.” Lifestyle Magazine named Levin among the region’s best chefs and Philadelphia Style magazine named Levin one of Philadelphia’s “Hot Chefs in 2007.” In 2008, Philadelphia Magazine rated Lacroix #2 out of the top 50 restaurants in Philadelphia.


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