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How restaurants can boost purchasing power to build smarter, more profitable menus

John Csukor, Entegra’s head of Culinary for North America, and Lynn Hay, director of culinary operations at the Entegra Performance Kitchen, sat down with Nation’s Restaurant News to discuss how Entegra leverages its $24 billion purchasing power to help restaurants of all sizes punch above their weight. Plus, go behind the scenes with corporate chef Olivier Gaupin to see how Entegra’s “product cutting” process can help build a better menu.

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Lynn Hay
Director of Culinary Operations at the Entegra Performance Kitchen

Lynn’s foundation of sales and customer excellence began with her career at Xerox. From there she decided to pursue her dream of owning and operating a catering business. That business thrived for thirteen years, and she sold the business in 2013. Lynn melded her culinary skills and account management background and joined Entegra later that year. She held positions of Regional Account Manager and National Account Manager before starting her Culinary role at the EPK.

John Csukor
Entegra Head of Culinary for North America

Chef has lived the space between creating delicious food and developing cutting-edge marketing strategies for small businesses and global conglomerates for over 35 years.

Chef has influenced the breakfast, lunch and evening meals of millions of people around the world through product development, operational and marketing leadership. While classically trained at Johnson and Wales University, culinary training extends beyond to The Culinary Institute of America and the United States Marine Corps School of Food Service.

Having owned a successful international marketing agency for 13 years, John brings a unique combination of strategic marketing experience, food service business acumen and industrial food product development to the Entegra team.

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Amanda Venezia
Co-Founder, CFO, NxtGen Network

A restaurant and hospitality professional for over 15 years, Amanda is currently in her 10th year rocking school lunches as a director in New Hampshire. A wife, mom and Vlogger, Amanda shares her passion for school nutrition by speaking at national conferences and training industry professionals. She’s skilled in front of the house and business operations—but don’t discount her proficiency and creativity in the kitchen! Amanda has won awards including FoodService Director Magazine’s 2019 Rising Star and 2020 New Hampshire’s Top 40 Under Forty.

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