Katy ISD Nutrition and Food Services Managers Compete in District ‘Chopped Challenge’


August 16, 2022

By Natalie Prepare dinner Clark

Katy ISD Vitamin and Meals Providers Managers not too long ago completed coaching to arrange for the 2022-2023 educational yr. The managers competed this yr in a enjoyable ‘Chopped Problem’ to include relevant and enjoyable abilities into their division that serves each Katy pupil.

Jessica Maluy, Linda Wosel, Phuong Le, Nancy Nguyen, Nora Lara, Tatjana Divcic, Nina Hinojosa, Cheryl Lyons, Lucy Gallego, Kelly Kansas, Lori Hummeldorf, Carolyn Lee. Picture Credit score: KISD

Katy College Cafeterias Able to Greet College students

Katy ISD is able to welcome over 90,000 college students again to highschool tomorrow, Wednesday August 17, 2022. The Vitamin and Meals Providers is chargeable for feeding all of the lively and studying Katy college students. They not too long ago accomplished coaching that led to a enjoyable twist.

Managers Competed in ‘Chopped ‘Problem’

This yr the Katy ISD Vitamin and Meals Providers Division competed amongst themselves in in enjoyable but relevant “Chopped Problem.”

“It is very important our division to include relevant abilities into artistic group constructing and coaching occasions,” says Donna Pittenger, Govt Director of Katy ISD Vitamin and Meals Providers Division. “This Chopped Problem permits us to construct rapport amongst our Café Managers along with ramping up the joy for the beginning of the college yr.”

This enjoyable occasion was impressed by the TV culinary competitors present, “Chopped” that many are accustomed to. Cafeteria managers had been divided into groups and reported to 6 highschool throughout the Katy ISD District.

The groups got 5 thriller substances that needed to be included right into a vegetarian meal and a non-vegetarian meal. Objects included: dragon fruit, purple potatoes, native brisket, and Korean BBQ.

Tompkins Excessive College Successful Staff- Non-vegetarian entry. Picture credit score: KISD

Pittenger says that the problem had two targets. The primary allowed the groups to collaborate in artistic methods and construct relationships among the many managers. The second was that they used merchandise that may very well be used on future menus.

“Using our cafeteria managers to develop recipes permits us to acquire a distinct perspective from those that serve the scholars instantly,” says Pittenger. “They know finest with regards to our college students’ likes and dislikes.”

Final week throughout their coaching Katy ISD cafeteria managers refreshed and additional educated on the necessities of the College Breakfast Program in addition to the Nationwide College Lunch Program.

“We’ve shared updates, set expectations, and adopted our theme of ‘Again to the Fundamentals- Getting ready for the Future’ as we transfer into what we hope is a ‘regular’ college yr.

So many college departments had been impacted throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The previous couple of years have been difficult, however our workers has constantly risen above these challenges, thrived, and fed hungry children with a smile,” says Pittenger.

Katy ISD Meals and Vitamin Division works onerous to feed every Katy pupil that comes by way of their cafeterias.

“We work very onerous to ensure their youngsters obtain high-quality merchandise throughout each breakfast and lunch service,” says Victoria Todd, Supervisor at Mayde Creek Excessive College. “We take delight in our work, and despite the fact that we see the scholars for a second, we wish to guarantee they’re happy with our meals and repair.”

There are such a lot of dishes and recipes served. Linda Wosel at Tompkins Excessive College loves their Fiesta Bowl. Maria Carmina Bungay with Rylander Elementary loves the ‘All Farm Recent Texas’ show that they’ve annually.

This “Chopped Problem” was a enjoyable and efficient strategy to begin the college yr.

The profitable group was led by Kelly Kansas, Vitamin and Meals Service Coordinator, at Tompkins Excessive College and included:

  • Linda Wosel- Tompkins Excessive College

  • Nancy Nguyen- Tays Junior Excessive

  • Phuong Le- Adams Junior Excessive

  • Cheryl Lyons- Wilson Elementary

  • Jessica Maluy Fernandez- Wolman Elementary

  • Nina Hinojosa- Campbell Elementary

  • Lucy Gallego- Davidson Elementary

  • Tatjana Divcic- Jenks Elementary

  • Nora Lara- Bryant Elementary

  • Carolyn Lee- Memorial Parkway Elementary

  • Lori Hummeldorf- Vitamin and Meals Service

“The ‘Chopped Problem’ enhances the Vitamin and Meals Service cafeteria supervisor coaching by including the chance to clean up culinary abilities, evaluate meals security expectations, and create new concepts for the way forward for Katy ISD menus,” says Pittenger.

Katy ISD cafeterias will welcome again college students this Wednesday.

“Their smiling faces is what convey us again every day,” says Todd.


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