School cafeterias have long been a source of debate. Some parents and educators argue that cafeterias should serve healthy, nutritious food to help students perform their best in school. Others contend that school cafeterias should offer a variety of food choices to appeal to all students. However, there is one point on which everyone can agree: schools can improve on getting students to eat in the cafeteria.

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We have accomplished many tasks in our school career:

  • We increased high school participation (amount of students eating) by 46% in 3 years.
  • Multiple clients of ours have gone on to win Fame Awards.
  • One of our clients increased participation by over 20% in 45 days while winning a Fame award and being published in 4 magazines. They also won awards for their social media presence.
  • We created and designed the first food truck in School food service.
  • We created and executed a student-centered food-show that has been recognized Nationwide as the benchmark for student food shows.


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We look at every improvement as an opportunity to streamline operations and deliver a guest-focused dining experience. We achieve a friendlier, more contemporary atmosphere.

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Food and Beverage Concessions

The typical high school cafeteria is probably outdated and unappetizing, which can lead to students not eating at your school cafeteria.

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Ingenious Culinary Concepts is led by Kern Halls. Kern started his culinary training in the United States Navy as a culinary specialist. Bringing the same skill and determination to bear on his career in the Navy as he does to school foodservice programs, Kern was awarded with five culinary awards while serving from 1993-2001. He was also nominated to the White House Foodservice Staff.

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For over a decade, we’ve worked with school foodservice programs all over the nation to increase participation and boost revenue. From simple changes to complete overhauls, we’ve turned school cafeterias into a place students love to dine.


Ingenious Culinary Concepts has transformed the industry. From school breakfast to lunch, we’ve wowed everyone from the food service director to the lunch lady.

Kris Figueroa

Director of Sales

Kern is a true innovator that takes a holistic approach to school nutrition. He looks at the big picture, from cafeteria design to menus, ensuring the students receive the best experience. It is always a pleasure working with him and I look forward to seeing each new project go from concept to reality.

Carol Weekly

Kern's Client

Kern is the ultimate professional with a true passion for School Nutrition and customer service. I worked with Kern when I hired him to visit my food service program and help us elevate it to the next level. Kern was thorough, professional, and punctual. He has so many great implementable ideas that definitely helped elevate our program. Kern has an eye for taking the ordinary and making it extraordinary. I would HIGHLY recommend Kern to help you make a distant dream a true reality.

Raegan Johnson, PhD

Community Engagement Leader

Kern is truly an innovator. His out-of-the-box thinking, paired with his unique expertise, helped me push my project to the next level. I consider having the opportunity to work with Kern a pleasure and a significant gain for my organization.

Zenia Ventura, SNS

Nutrition Initiatives & Marketing Manager

Strategic thinker, organized and brilliant. Kern Halls and his team can help you with any project you have whether small or big. I'm looking forward to continuing to work with you and your team!

Barbara E. Martin

Trainer, Consultant and Facilitator

Kern has great marketing ideas and the data to show that they work.


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