MM Celebrates School Chefs

May 7th, 2012

Chef Ann Cooper hits the lunch line with her students.

The premier magazine for food service operators has announced its ‘20 Most Influential‘ list. FoodService Director‘s Editor Paul King says the list is meant to “identify and acknowledge those people who truly are making a difference in the world our readers inhabit. These are individuals and groups who make their presence felt in so many ways, some of which are readily apparent and others not so visible but powerful nonetheless.”
Many of these prominent names in food service have also made their way onto Meatless Monday’s list of movers & shakers:
Ann Cooper- The Renegade Lunch Lady has used her 35 years experience to create The Lunch Box, an online database of healthful, large-serving size recipes that schools can use. Many of her recommendations are featured on Meatless Monday’s Bulk Recipe Collection.
Toni Geraci- Another leading chef in the Chef Move to Schools campaign, Geraci is also the star of the school food documentary, Cafeteria Man. Under his supervision, the Baltimore City Public Schools became the first district in the country to offer Meatless Monday, paving the way for many more to implement the program.
Shawn Lapean- As the Executive Director of Cal Dining at University of California Berkeley, Lapean is responsible for feeding a student body of 36,000. He and his fellow Cal Dining directors have created the country’s largest Meatless Monday school network, with six UC‘s participating in the program.
The Meatless Monday movement was recognized by Food Service Director earlier this year, when it was noted as one of 2012′s best ideas in traditional marketing by Stephanie Tanner, general manager for Sodexo at Cumberland Medical Center. Sodexo has lead the charge for Meatless Monday in our nation’s cafeterias by offering promotional materials to thousands of their sites across the U.S., including over 500 schools and universities. Recently, Sodexo teamed up with Johns Hopkins University to report on the positive impact Meatless Monday had for many of their corporate and hospital clients.