Confessions of Tazeen Chowdhury

Tazeen Chowdhury doesn’t get food foams or green ketchup and wants to vacation in a tree house in Bali.
Tazeen Chowdhury, foodservice director at Mt. Lebanon School District, in Pennsylvania, doesn’t get food foams or green ketchup and wants to vacation in a tree house in Bali. 

Q. What is the best part of your job?

Feeding healthy food to hungry kids.

Q. What is the worst part of your job?

Dealing with naysayers.

Q. What do you consider to be your greatest achievement?

Being part of a delegation to China that helped the Chinese government build its national school lunch program.

Q. What is the most unusual foodservice/catering request you have ever received?

White asparagus with truffles.

Q. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

Be more patient—at least that’s what my kids say.

Q. What is your greatest fear?

If something bad were to happen to my family.

Q. Which living person do you most admire?

Bill Gates for being a humanitarian.

Q. What is your favorite meal?

Roasted rack of lamb.

Q. What is your "guilty pleasure?"

French macarons.

Q. What will people always find in your refrigerator?

A large variety of cheeses.

Q. What food fad do you wish had never started?

Green ketchup.

Q. What is the weirdest food you have ever eaten?

Deep-fried scorpion.

Q. What do you consider to be the most overrated foodservice trend?

Food foams.

Q. What are your words to live by?

“Be the change you want to see in the world.”—Gandhi

Q. If you had a time machine, what historical event or era would you visit?

The 1960s, a time of revolution and drastic change.

Q. What would be your dream vacation?

Tree house in Bali.

Q. What is your most treasured possession?

I don’t put much value on material possessions, so it would have to be treasured memories.
 

More From FoodService Director

Sponsored Content
vegetables with dip foodservice healthy menu

From Mrs. Dash Foodservice.

There was a time when healthy food meant counting calories, omitting carbs, giving up sugar and going fat-free—in other words, it was all about deprivation.

But not anymore. Today’s definition of healthy means an overall focus on nutrition and wellness that doesn’t mean giving up enjoyment. It’s all about balance: good fats, healthy carbs, better sweeteners, wholesome ingredients and satisfying flavor enhancements. It means food that customers can feel good about, at the same time that they’re enjoying the dining experience.

According to...

Industry News & Opinion

Aramark today announced a partnership with celebrity chef and TV personality Cat Cora that will put a new concept from the Top Chef star in Aramark’s North American business-and-industry accounts.

The new fast-casual concept, called Olilo by Cat Cora, promises a healthy, made-your-way menu, according to the global foodservice provider.

“By bringing together Chef Cora's award-winning brand and healthy cooking advocacy and Aramark's commitment to enriching and nourishing the lives of the thousands of consumers we serve every day, we have an opportunity to elevate the on-site...

Industry News & Opinion

Members of Congress and several advocacy groups gathered on Capitol Hill on Wednesday to highlight the potential loss of millions in state funding because of a Child Nutrition Reauthorization block grant introduced last month, and to call upon legislators to squash the bill.

The Improving Child Nutrition and Education Act of 2016 houses a statute that would provide three unannounced pilot states with block grant funding. Participating states would be exempt from federal nutrition regulations and would no longer qualify for the 6-cent reimbursement per lunch garnered by certified...

Ideas and Innovation
veggie shaker container

We have kitchens without backflow preventers or potable water to wash greens, so we set up a salad shaker bar with precut, prewashed produce. The cups are filled with lettuce, and students can add their choice of toppings and dressings in the top and shake it up. It’s really cool to see them excited about vegetables.

FSD Resources