The Los Angeles Unified School District faces several challenges. There are 700,000 students, a sprawling distance between schools, and a $500 million deficit. To begin to revitalize the program, Executive Chef Mark Baida was hired from USC “to put a strong culinary face on the department,” said LAUSD’s Deputy Foodservice Director David Binkle. In the last year, LAUSD’s cafeterias have been rebranded, major renovations are underway in more than 100 schools, menus have been re-engineered ...

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