NORWALK, Conn. -- Norwalk Public Schools have welcomed Chef Robert Smith, also known as Chef Smitty, to the district to make sure that food served across the district is delicious, nutritious and visually appealing.
Smith will also expand school tastings to give students the chance to try healthy foods such as Brussels sprouts and carrots prepared in simple but appealing ways. Other aspects of his role include developing unique opportunities for food services staff to learn new cooking techniques, and helping to write the menu for all NPS schools.
Prior to joining Whitsons Culinary Group, the food service provider for Norwalk schools, Smith worked as Food Service Director in Wethersfield, Conn. A food service industry veteran, his experience ranges from working in private industry, senior living centers, colleges, and K-12 school environments. He also helped serve over 10,000 people a day during the 2002 Winter Olympics in Utah.
Smith's position aligns with the goal set out in the 2016-17 NPS Strategic Operating Plan of improving the quality of the NPS school lunch and food system. The district was recently awarded a $52,000 grant from the American Association of School Administrators to expand a "grab 'n go" breakfast program piloted last year at Brookside Elementary School to a majority of schools across the district. Each day NPS serves lunch to more than 7,400 students across the district. Of those students, 4,100 receive free or reduced lunch.
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