Centerplate at the Pasadena Convention Center Hires Executive Chef Brandon Barousse to Lead Culinary Services

Published : Friday, September 28, 2018 | 2:26 PM

Centerplate Executive Chef-Brandon Barousse. Photo by Brooke Mason

The Pasadena Convention Center announced today the recent hire of Brandon Barousse, CDM as the new Executive Chef of Centerplate, the exclusive food and beverage provider within the Pasadena Convention Center and Civic Auditorium.

With over 20 years of experience in food service management, Barousse most recently worked for Sodexo, leading some of its premiere kitchens such at Amgen, Disney Studios, Scripps College and The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens in Pasadena. Prior to his nine years at Sodexo, Barousse crafted his skills at the Sheraton La Jolla Hotel and Warner Center Marriott Woodland Hills. He also ventured on a pilgrimage to Italy working at various trattorias in Florence and Milan. Upon his return to the States, Barousse became the Executive Chef for Sisley Italian Kitchen, where he also made his commercial debut.

“We are thrilled to have Executive Chef Brandon join our Centerplate team. He brings a wealth of experience from the hotel and healthcare food service industries that will aid in creating new and exciting food and beverage offerings,” said Doug Finney, District Manager of Centerplate at the Pasadena Convention Center. “In addition, Chef’s culinary degree and license as a Certified Dietary Manager will be extremely useful as we continue to receive a growing number of dietary requests.”

Over the years, Centerplate has played an integral role in servicing a variety of meetings, events and conventions at the Pasadena Convention Center and Civic Auditorium. Highlighted 2018 events include the 49th Annual NAACP Image Awards, the Daytime Emmy Awards, Methodist Hospital Gala and most recently, the globally recognized COSPAR scientific assembly which welcomed 3,000 attendees over seven days to the property.

About the Pasadena Convention Center

Located ten miles from downtown Los Angeles, the Pasadena Convention Center is the premier meeting and events venue in the heart of Pasadena. The Convention Center features 130,000 sq. ft. of space for meetings of all sizes with spacious exhibit halls, an expansive ballroom and 29 meeting rooms. For more information, contact the Pasadena Convention Center at (626) 793-2122 or visit






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