Packers Training Camp is underway and the players are making St. Norbert College their home until mid-August. While there – the team must eat. Local 5’s Kris Schuller has more on the chefs who work overtime to keep everyone fed.
For 60 years – St. Norbert College has housed the Green Bay Packers during training camp. And for the last 13 years, Chef T.W. Stanchiu has been cooking up healthy food – to fuel the players fighting for a spot on the team.
“We have two chefs, myself and Rick who come up here every night and take care of the Packers organization,” said Stanchiu.
“At any given moment we have to be ready to cook for 100 people if the entire training team decided to come in,” said Chef Rick Humke.
For roughly a month these players get their dinner and an evening snack here at St. Norbert. And believe it or not – beef is not in high demand.
“As much as you think they just want to eat a big fillet minion, no, no, they want it lighter,” said Stanchiu.
One popular dinner item is stir fry.
“Sometime seafood stir fry, sometimes tortellinni stir fry, Stanchiu said.
And the big winner when it comes to a snack – are omelets.
“The first night Aaron Rodgers came in, I got to cook for Aaron Rodgers,” Humke said. “I got to make him an omelet.”
Working with the Packers – Stanchiu develops his menu.
“They might need to eat more proteins, might need to eat more carbs, more vegetables,” said the chef.
He also creates new items like this Buffalo Bagel Burger topped with kale chips – which he showed off today.
“I’m so excited for everybody to try it,” Stanchiu said.
Knowing he has one of the most unique summer jobs in the nation – as a personal chef for the Green Bay Packers.
“There have been a couple times I’ve got a couple of hugs because they appreciate the food,” Stanchiu said.