Colorado State hires Testory as senior executive chef

Peter Testory comes to CSU from the University of Illinois.

Dec. 6—Colorado State University, in Fort Collins, has hired Peter Testory as its new senior executive chef, according to a university press release.

Testory comes to CSU from the University of Illinois, where he worked in several different positions including chef, unit manager and co-manager of the CBORD menu management system. In his new position, Testory will be responsible for developing new menus and managing food production for the six dining centers and two express locations on campus. Testory has already started his new position. He has already introduced new menu items at both the dining centers and retail facilities.

“We are delighted that Peter has joined our team,” Deon Lategan, director of residential dining, said in the release. “Peter’s skill set is a good fit for our current needs and his experience working at multiple levels in a campus dining environment allows him to see the bigger picture of how the facilities work and what can be improved upon.”

One of Testory’s goals in his new position is to increase the local procurement percentage while remaining fiscally responsible.

“To me the enjoyment of cooking is seeing the gratification on everyone’s face while they are eating. Food can cheer people up and bring them together and the creativity allowed in this field is what I appreciatemost as a professional,” Testory said in the release. “In higher education dining, I feel it is our responsibility to help expand our students’ pallets with cuisine they may never have tried. When students enjoy new foods that we have introduced, that is truly rewarding.”

More From FoodService Director

Industry News & Opinion

Amherst-Pelham Regional School District in Amherst, Mass., is updating its lunch debt policy to no longer single out students, MassLive reports.

Under the new policy, students with lunch debt will be given the same meals as their peers, regardless of how much they owe. School officials will also be communicating directly with parents of students who have accumulated debt instead of through the students themselves.

The updated policy comes just before U.S. school districts will be required to publicly list their lunch debt policies, per new USDA requirements starting July 1...

Menu Development
eureka

Since California’s state motto is “Eureka!” it seems fitting that a recent conversation with the director of hospitality at San Diego’s Palomar Health led to the biggest aha moment I’ve had in a long time.

I called Jim Metzger in late April with the purpose of discussing Palomar’s recent commitment to the goal of making 60% of its total menu plant-based by this summer. It seemed a lofty number, and I was curious how the public health system planned to get there.

But my personal eureka didn’t come while we were talking about how Palomar had cleaned up the impulse-buy zones...

Industry News & Opinion

Labeling foods with indulgent buzzwords such as “sweet sizzlin’” and “crispy” can lead consumers to make healthier food choices , according to a recent study out of Stanford University .

In the fall 2016 study, researchers labeled vegetables in one of the school’s dining halls using terms from four categories: basic, healthy restrictive, healthy positive or indulgent.

The green beans, for example, were listed as “green beans” for basic, “light ‘n’ low-carb green beans and shallots” for healthy restrictive, “healthy energy boosting green beans and shallots” for healthy...

Ideas and Innovation
sparkling water

Our carbonated soft drink sales at Earls.67 reflect a national trend; we’re continually down on carbonated soft drink sales by 8% to 9% on an annual basis,” says Cameron Bogue, beverage director at the contemporary-casual chain Earls Kitchen + Bar.

The issue with spa water

Many operators are intrigued with the offering, but they are learning that infused water can’t be offered at a cost to guests unless there is added value beyond cut-up fruit. Bogue says, “I was adamant that I didn’t want to charge for spa water.”

Agua fresca alternatives

At the original location of

...

FSD Resources