Five Questions for the New School Meals Chief

During a phone call just after being hired, Spencer Taylor had to cut off his new boss.

“I’m sorry to cut this short, but I have to go. Our schools are serving tilapia today, and I don’t want it to be overcooked.”

This isn’t your average school lunch chief.

The newly named Director of Nutrition Services was still working at Birmingham City Schools at the time, and had a job to do: serve healthy fish to school kids – and make it taste good.

Now that he’s in Nashville, Taylor is ready to feed tens of thousands of students at more than 140 schools. He certainly has the credentials. He is a registered and licensed dietician who has worked everywhere from restaurants to medical facilities to the U.S. Army Reserves.

“I’m an active person with a strong interest in health and wellness,” he says. “I want to serve our students tasty meals with high nutritional value.”

So what does he like? What kind of food person is he? Here are five facts about Spencer Taylor:

  1. Favorite Foods: Crisp apples, peanut butter, and dark chocolate
  2. Favorite Food to Cook: Whole wheat pancakes for my children
  3. Favorite TV Chef/Food Show: Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives with Guy Fieri
  4. Foods You Want to See on Metro Schools Menus: Fresh green salads daily and more seafood
  5. Hardest Part of Cooking 12 Million Meals a Year: Consistency from school to school, varied customer tastes, and finding the best recipes
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