Chefs and students work to transform school lunch menu

Chefs and students work to transform school lunch menu
October 10 14:57 2019 Print This Article

Celebrity chefs from Schwan’s Food Services Kitchen Collaborative program teamed with 20 students from West Ashley High School’s award-winning Culinary Arts program Wednesday to revise the school lunch menu there. On Thursday, the Culinary Arts students worked with the chefs to prepare 16 menu items and evaluate them. The top choices will be served to the student body on Friday.

West Ashley’s marketing students started the Kitchen Collaborative process by preparing a survey of student food preferences. The menus chosen were based on the criteria of being easy to prepare, nutritious, and popular with the students. The results of the collaborative will be used to revise school lunch menus within the Charleston County School District and around the country.

The participating chefs include Todd Erickson and Jet Tila from the Food Network, former Top Chef runner-up Adrienne Cheatham, and Asian cuisine chef and restaurant owner Uno Immanivong. They worked in conjunction with West Ashley Culinary Arts director Jason Wheless and food service director Walter Campbell to devise and prepare the 16 menu items. Pizza was among the favorite menu items identified by West Ashley’s 1700 students.

Photo provided by Scwan’s Food Service