Chicken must make kids’ taste cut

first_imgBrannon said he was surprised to get a response to his letter – he was the first in his class to get a reply – and even more surprised to learn the school would get to participate in a taste test. He plans to write another letter, this time to Principal Kenny Lee, to ask for more improvements. Most of the students echoed Brannon’s concerns about variety and said they wanted healthier choices. But 18-year-old Brandon Kafton of Woodland Hills, who plays right guard for the school’s football team, disagreed. “When you go home, your parents make you eat salads but here, you want something that tastes good between long lectures for hours on end,” he said. Students today have more sophisticated palates, and want hot, favorful food that is restaurant-quality, said Sanchez, the nutrition specialist. Mexican and Asian cuisine are the top requests, along with Subway sandwiches. The latter are too expensive for LAUSD to offer, but the district does its best to serve a reasonable facsimile, she said. Sanchez said the results of Thursday’s tests will be tabulated and the product with the highest scores – nothing less than a 70 percent approval rating will do – will go on to be evaluated in terms of cost, ease of preparation, nutritional value and other variables. (818) 713-3663160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WOODLAND HILLS – Bob Goretski took a bite of the chicken patty in front of him, leaned back and bounced in his chair with excitement. “Guys! I called it! This one’s scrumptious,” said Goretski, 17, of Woodland Hills. “It’s crunchy, it tastes better, it’s high-quality, it’s phenomenal.” He paused. “It could use a little more salt.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Goretski, who aspires to be a food critic, was one of about 25 El Camino Real High School students who spent Thursday morning tasting three varieties of baked chicken patties to select a new brand for the campus cafeteria. Jamie Sanchez, nutrition specialist for Los Angeles Unified’s District 1, said she and the other nutrition specialists routinely conduct taste tests with up to 40 students, trying new products and finding out what students like – and hate – about cafeteria fare. Thursday’s sampling, however, came about as a result of a letter that student Michael Brannon, 16, of West Hills wrote to school board member Jon Lauritzen as part of a history assignment. In his letter, Brannon complained about the cafeteria’s long lines and the bland and unappealing food. “By the time some people get up to the food court, some of the food is sold out, and people don’t get to choose what they want,” said Brannon, who wants to go into business or become a chef. “People don’t like the taco bean dip because it doesn’t look good; it doesn’t look like something you’d find in a restaurant.” last_img

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