FAME 2022 award winners announced by Basic American Foods
Basic American Foods announced the winners of the 2022 Foodservice Achievement Management Excellence (FAME) Awards, with the highest honor, the Golden Foodservice Director of the Year Award, given to Roy Pistone, Director of Food and Nutrition Services for Schools in County of Citrus in Florida, where he served as the 2020-2021 president of the Florida School Nutrition Association, while mentoring new directors and helping districts improve their meal programs.
The recipient of the 2022 FAME Silver Leadership Award goes to Rita Denton, director of student nutrition for the Mansfield Independent School District in Texas, while Denielle Saitta, project manager of marketing and communications for Fulton County School Nutrition in Atlanta, receives the FAME Silver Spirit Award 2022 and Shannon Solomon, director of school catering for Aurora Public Schools in Colorado, receives the FAME Rising Star Award 2022.
With over 27 years in the school catering and nutrition industry, Pistone has been recognized for its fiscal savvy and leadership in renovating almost all school kitchens in the Citrus County District, while maintaining prices. meals at a stable level over the years.
Meanwhile, since arriving at Mansfield in 2015, Denton has successfully connected and improved the quality of the menu, staff and food and nutrition program, for example by establishing a new cafe concept called The Crossing which is now recognizable. throughout the community. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, in its first four years in the district, the Department of Denton increased breakfast attendance by 22% and lunch by 18%, although registrations in the district did not experienced only a 4% increase.
Saitta plans, coordinates and manages all marketing and communications for the 97 schools in Fulton County, Georgia’s fourth largest district. She also advocates for children, writes school nutrition education grant proposals, and obtains grants for a variety of programs ranging from alternative breakfast services to technology and mobile kiosks.
Over the past four years, Solomon has opened three new schools in the district, managed two renovations for safety and efficiency, and completely overhauled the district’s catering, from chef, supervisor and deputy director to principal. While in Aurora, she participated in the Food Network’s Chopped program after gaining the attention of a “Cook for America” training program that teaches cooks how to prepare delicious, processed foods.
For more than 30 years, the FAME Awards have recognized outstanding K-12 foodservice heroes who raise industry standards by tackling challenges and making a difference within their school districts and communities. The selection committee was made up of the 2021 FAME award winners, the President of the School Nutrition Association and industry media partners.
The 33rd Annual FAME Awards will be held virtually at the School Nutrition Conference on Wednesday, Jan. 26 from 5:00 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. EST. For more information on the FAME Awards, visit https://www.baffoodservice.com/fame-awards.