Taher, Inc., the company that provides food service for Pawhuska Public Schools, announced that a member of its Chef Council is to visit the school system this week.
Bruce Pearson, food service director for Taher at Pawhuska Public Schools, announced that Chef Josh Lankford, who recently visited Asia, would be in Pawhuska to conduct classes for students on Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov. 7 and 8, and would prepare the lunch meal for the students on Thursday, Nov. 9.
Chef Lankford reportedly was planning to offer the students a menu of dishes inspired by experiences in the Philippines and Taiwan. Among the items on the menu were grilled chicken skewers, garlic fried rice, a cucumber salad, and sweet, sticky rice cakes.
Lankford is a U.S. Air Force veteran who has experience cooking in a variety of settings, including fine dining venues, country clubs, and K-12 schools. According to a biographical sketch provided by Taher, Inc., Lankford “found his passion working with kids.”
“Chef Josh loves fishing because he is reminded of his father and all the great times they spent together,” the biographical sketch explains. Chef Lankford is a husband and the father of two sons. His background is that he is half Korean and half Filipino. He has traveled to Manila, the capital of the Philippines, this year along with Taipei, Taiwan. Taher, Inc. said Chef Lankford was excited about being able to share with Pawhuska students various details about his trips and the foods that he had the pleasure of trying.
“I will never forget these three highlights taken from the trip about food,” Lankford said. “Food is that connection that brings it all to a full circle. Food has memories, emotions, and love.”
Taher, Inc. is in its first year as the food service company for Pawhuska Public Schools. Pearson, the food service director, clarified that Chef Lankford is not an employee on the staff in Pawhuska, but a visiting member of the company’s Chef Council. Pearson said he could “almost guarantee” that Lankford would introduce Pawhuska students to foods and tastes they had not previously experienced.
Pearson said Taher recently circulated its first customer service surveys in Pawhuska, and would be tabulating the data from those surveys.
“So far, I think it’s been good,” Pearson said of the company’s experience in Pawhuska. Taher is based in Minnesota and has operations in numerous states.
Read More: Chef visits Pawhuska Public Schools