New director of nutrition at public schools will move Homegrown Minneapolis forward

One of the top goals of Homegrown Minneapolis has been to get more healthy local food in our schools.  Now Minneapolis Public Schools Superintendent Bernadeia Johnson has taken a significant step to make that possible by hiring Bertrand Weber to the top food position at the school district.

I first learned of Bertrand’s pioneering work through my wife, Megan O”Hara, who cochaired Homegrown Minneapolis. Megan and I are very excited about this new appointment and stand ready to help.


January 4, 2012 

Minneapolis Public Schools names new director of nutrition services

MINNEAPOLIS – Superintendent Bernadeia Johnson on January 4 announced the selection of Bertrand Weber as director of nutrition services for Minneapolis Public Schools effective January 9, 2012. The director of nutrition services leads the MPS Child Nutrition Program, including management of staff, operations, facilities, menu, purchasing, budget, financial operations and community relations.
“Bertrand is a motivated and innovative professional with 37 progressive years of school food service and premier hospitality management experience,” said Johnson. “Our students will benefit from his expertise in food service and his commitment to creating healthy meal options.”
Of the hire, Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak said, “Bertrand Weber is a leader in the farm-to-school movement and is seen as a hero by the folks involved in our Homegrown Minneapolis initiative, including my wife Megan O’Hara. His proven ability to bring fresh foods to school cafeterias will be great for our kids and key to expanding Homegrown Minneapolis.”
Since 2006, Weber has been employed as director of wellness, nutrition and culinary standards for Taher, Inc., in Minnetonka, where he was responsible for the development and implementation of nutrition standards, wellness policies and culinary standards for 106 school districts in the upper Midwest. He also worked as Royal Cuisine director of operations in the Hopkins school district from 2003 to 2006. In the hospitality industry, Weber was employed as general manager of La Toscana Ristorante from 1998 to 2003; general manager of the Whitney Hotel from 1991 to 1997; food and beverage director at the Wequassett Inn in Cape Cod, MA, from 1988 to 1991; general manager of the New Bern Golf & Country Club in New Bern, NC, from 1987 to 1988; general manager of the Beach Club at Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra, FL, from 1984 to 1987; assistant food and beverage director at Pier 66 Hotel and Marina in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, from 1980 to 1984; and assistant manager of resort operations at Palm Beach Polo & Country Club in Wellington, FL, from 1978 to 1980.
Weber completed his education at the Ecole Hotelière de Genève, Switzerland.
Of his new position, Weber said, “I welcome the opportunity and challenge of positively affecting the lives of the students of Minneapolis Public Schools. I am committed to making MPS Nutrition Services a national leader in promoting the health of children through nutritious school meals.”

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