Norwalk Public Schools hires executive chef

Chef Robert Smith, also known as “Chef Smitty.” (Norwalk Public Schools)

NORWALK, Conn. – This is a press release, presented in the format in which it was sent:

Norwalk, Conn. (October 3, 2017) – Norwalk Public Schools is pleased to welcome Chef Robert Smith, known as Chef Smitty, to the district. Chef Smitty’s role includes ensuring that food served across the district is delicious, nutritious and visually appealing. He 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. Another aspect of Chef Smitty’s role is to develop unique opportunities for food services staff to learn new cooking techniques. He will also be a part of menu writing for all NPS schools.

Prior to joining Whitsons Culinary Group, the food service provider for NPS, Chef Smitty worked as Food Service Director in Wethersfield, CT.  A food service industry veteran, Chef Smitty’ experience ranges from working in private industry, senior living centers, colleges and K-12 school environments. He also helped to serve over 10,000 people a day during the 2002 Winter Olympics in Utah.

Chef Smitty’s position aligns with the goal of improving the quality of the NPS school lunch/food system as part of the 2016-2017 NPS Strategic Operating Plan.

NPS was recently awarded a $52,000 grant from the American Association of School Administrators (AASA) to expand a “grab ‘n go” breakfast program piloted last year at Brookside Elementary School to a majority of schools across the district. For more information, click here.

Each day, NPS serves lunch to over 7,400 students across the district. Of those students, 4,100 receive free or reduced lunch.


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Al Bore October 4, 2017 at 9:50 am

Norwalk schools are not known for getting a top notch education however someday they may be known for great breakfast and lunches. Let’s hope that is enough to raise our property values and bring families to Norwalk to buy homes and more importantly keep tax paying families in Norwalk. We need to focus on education and having a great school system not food. You can always bring an apple with you to school!

Brenda Wilcox Williams October 4, 2017 at 10:57 am

Hungry children are not prepared to learn. Nutritional school food that students actually eat helps enable instruction and supports student performance. It is one part of having a great school system.

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