Rising Star Chef Jean-Marie Lacroix of Brûlée Catering - Biography

Philadelphia, PA

February 2013

Jean-Marie Lacroix is the indisputable father of Philadelphia’s now well-established culinary scene. Lacroix received his formal training at Thonon-les-Bains Culinary Academy in his native France, and his career took him to Switzerland, England, Scotland, and Canada before he put his indelible stamp on Philadelphia’s culinary community.

Lacroix honed his craft for two decades as executive chef of the Four Season’s Fountain and earned James Beard’s “Best Chef, Mid-Atlantic” Award in 2001. Soon after, he opened namesake restaurant, Lacroix at the Rittenhouse Hotel. The restaurant was soon awarded four bells from The Philadelphia Inquirer and named Esquire’s 2003 “Best New Restaurant.” Additional honors include Maîtres Cuisinier de France and Académie Culinaire de France status, as well as the Robert Mondavi Award of Excellence.

Lacroix joined GuestCounts Hospitality in 2010 and launched Brúlée Catering by Chef Jean-Marie Lacroix in 2011. In 2012, 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. An avid mentor, Lacroix joined the COOK Masters Program, a new instructional culinary series for aspiring chefs in Philadelphia. In 2013, he was awarded the Mentor Award for the 2013 Philadelphia Rising Stars.