May 17, 2018

Dietitian and Chef Duo Transforming School Food Share Their Favorite, Kid-Approved Meals  

LOS ANGELES, May 8, 2018 – School catering company School Nutrition Plus (SNP) released its debut cookbook, A Chef Walks Into a Cafeteria…, today. SNP’s Founder and President, Emily Burson, RD, wrote the cookbook alongside her business partner, Executive Chef and Vice President, Brandon Neumen. The book tells the story of the company on a mission to transform school food and shares family-friendly recipes served in cafeterias.

Inside the pages of A Chef Walks Into a Cafeteria…, readers will find:

  • 75 kid-approved recipes, featuring fresh ingredients and honoring the flavor values of scratch cooking
  • Recipes for all times of day, breakfast through dinner, and a variety of dietary needs, including vegetarian and gluten free
  • Dishes inspired by both familiar food traditions and the SNP team’s melting pot of global culinary influences 

A Chef Walks Into a Cafeteria… shares the keys to creating simple, homemade meals both adults and children can enjoy and make together,” said Emily Burson, RD. “From Chicken Street Tacos to Spaghetti Bolognese to Pozole, the cookbook includes the same nutritious dishes we serve in schools, scaled down for family meals.”

Founded in 2009, SNP has grown year-over-year and today serves more than 20,000 scratch-cooked meals every day. As advocates for change, Burson and Neumen want to see healthier foods available in all schools, particularly those that participate in federal meal programs. 

“Introducing children to fresh, wholesome, nutritious food is not only crucial for their growth and development, it also helps establish healthy eating habits for life,” said Dr. Sonali Ruder, creator of The Foodie Physician website, author of Natural Baby Food, and mom. “A Chef Walks Into a Cafeteria… will hopefully advance the conversation about how to make healthy foods more accessible in all schools across the country.”


About School Nutrition Plus 

School Nutrition Plus (SNP) is made up of nutrition professionals, chefs and food lovers who believe in feeding children healthy family favorites while they’re at school. The company was founded on a simple question: Is it possible to improve the taste, satisfaction and nutritional quality of school foods through scratch cooking and customized meal services? The answer was a resounding…YES! With a registered dietitian, Emily Burson, and professional chef, Brandon Neumen, at the helm, SNP has turned school food on its head. Based in Los Angeles, SNP serves more than 20,000 made-from-scratch school meals every day – all while meeting the guidelines set forth by the USDA.To learn more, visit and connect with SNP on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram, and Emily Burson on Twitter and Instagram.


McKenzie Hall Jones, RD
Wild Hive 
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