Lincoln, NE (March 29, 2016) – Bryan Medical Center executive chef, Nazim Khan, has been named a winner of the United Fresh Produce Excellence in Foodservice Award, a program that honors chefs and their companies for their innovative and influential use of fresh produce in the culinary arts.
The United Fresh Produce Excellence in Foodservice Awards program is in its ninth year and honors some of the country’s most exciting chefs and foodservice professionals. The program is divided into seven categories and one winner is selected from each group. Chef Khan and Bryan were nominated in the Hotels and Healthcare category, winning the award for the first time.
“It’s such a privilege to be able to serve our patients, their families and our hospital staff here at Bryan,” said Nazim Khan, executive chef at Bryan Medical Center. “Food makes people happy, and I believe in the three P’s: passion, patience and persistence. We have used these values and worked very hard to improve our presentation and provide a menu that is diverse and filled with healthy choices, and this recognition from United Fresh Produce shows that we are doing that.”
The United Fresh Produce Excellence in Foodservice Award program received more than 120 nominations submitted by produce companies and foodservice operations across North America. A panel of produce and foodservice industry leaders reviewed each nominee’s incorporation of fresh produce into menu development, use of food safety protocols for proper storage and handling of produce, leadership in produce related community service and recognition by their company and industry peers.
“These seven winners are using fresh fruits and vegetables on their menus in very innovative ways, and we are proud to honor them for the important role that they play in showcasing our industry and introducing their customers to fruit and vegetable trends and new products,” said Tom Stenzel, CEO at United Fresh Produce Association.
The winners, along with executives from their company, will be guests at the United Fresh 2016 convention and trade show in Chicago, Illinois in late June. They will be featured in a panel discussion on the trade show floor and receive their awards at a celebratory dinner during the three day gathering.