Church’s Chicken names Eric Stein International research, development chef

Former GateGourmet corporate chef joins Church’s test kitchen

Church’s Chicken hired Eric Stein for the position of International research and development chef. Stein becomes the newest test kitchen team member, supporting Texas Chicken and Church’s Texas Chicken, its international concepts. According to Church’s, he has a deep passion for using developing trends in producing “crave-worthy” menu innovations.

Most recently, Stein worked for Buffalo Wild Wings as culinary innovation manager. Prior to Buffalo Wild Wings, he held the position of executive chef, Menu Administration at GameGourmet, which is an in-flight meal provider on over 200M departures in 25 countries. Earlier in his career, Stein worked for Newly Weds Foods, Johnson & Wales University and The Greenbrier Hotel and Spa.

Furthering R&D innovation for International Group


Church’s Chicken will tap Stein’s creativity as he heads product development as International R&D chef. Taking ideas into the recipe development phase, as well as validating consumer acceptance and potential franchise partner execution become essential facets of his new role. Stein will report to Senior Director of International Marketing Mitch Langston.

“Eric’s high-level culinary insight and expertise is a valuable addition to the Church’s family,” said Langston.


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