Hi, I'm Chef Brenda —

Child nutrition programs have come a long way over the years. Since 2008, I am I’ve had the unique opportunity to observe these changes firsthand across the United States in a variety of child nutrition focused roles.

Since the 2010 Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act was initiated, I have witnessed  an awe inspiring shift in how child nutrition programs motivates kids to consume more fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean meats and meat alternates, and low-fat milk.

My mission is to work with Child Nutrition Professionals to develop and implement standardized recipes, create USDA compliant menus, and provide nutrition and culinary focused trainings.

Let’s cook healthy meals for kids!

Embrace nutrition. Influence greatness. Craft culinary cultures.©

Recipes

Recipe standardization is my jam! I have extensive experience standardizing recipes for various organizations including the USDA, state agencies, non-profits and manufacturers. 

Culinary Guides

Looking for affiliate recipes? Need the knife guide for knife techniques? Find these guides and more helpful resources to help you cook healthy meals for kids.

Level Up Videos

When it comes to teaching child nutrition professionals, my top priority is to offer practical and tangible knowledge-based skills that enhance the way they feed kids.

Work with Chef Brenda

If you are looking to have your menus revamped or validated for compliance purposes before a state review, I can provide these complex services and much more!

What People Are Saying

“Chef Brenda’s depth of knowledge of the school nutrition world is an asset to all school nutrition members.  She shares her insights and love of child nutrition in a way that pulls others in and reignites the desire to impact the health and wellness of children.  She will be a wonderful addition to your educational needs.”

Deena Benson

Health and Wellness Manager, Dairy West

“Chef Brenda is a pleasure to work with! Brenda is our go-to resource for K12 recipe development and videos, and she is also an excellent public speaker. We are proud to have her represent Pacific Northwest Canned Pears.”

Susan Renke

Promotion Director, Pacific Northwest Canned Pear Service

“Chef Brenda designed training sessions for North Dakota Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) personnel about fruit and vegetables, food safety, and preparing healthy meals. Her presentations were exceptional, professionally done, and provided tailored, relevant information to our audience.”

Linda Schloer

Director of Child Nutrition and Food Distribution, North Dakota Department of Public Instruction

“Chef Brenda is amazing. Her creativity with turkey is exceptional; she is thorough and provides every detail and extra tips to make it simple and easy for any K12 staff and district to include her turkey recipes on the menu.  She is a pleasure to work with, and is always up for any challenge I give her. We are blessed to have Chef Brenda as an extension of the Butterball K12 team.”

Heather Ness

Senior Foodservice Marketing Manager, BUTTERBALL FOODSERVICE™

“Professional, creative, knowledgeable, on schedule, energetic, an excellent presenter, delightful to work with and, in a word, superb!  I could go on and on about how impressed I have been with Chef Brenda’s skills, acumen, vision and over-all capabilities.  Her culinary training plus her RDN make her doubly qualified for any food communication program.  She took basic information about Washington State Potato products, added food safety, storage and prep tips, created new recipes and then presented all that in an energetic, enjoyable and instructive video for school nutrition directors.  I hope I get the opportunity to work with her again.”

Dee Munson

President, The Food Professionals

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