Gary Petill, a former hotel executive and caterer, has been serving some of the city's most finicky eaters for nearly seven years as the nutrition services director for the San Diego Unified School District.
Petill recently received a national award for his innovative approach to serving healthy, low-fat, vegetarian food to students. The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, a national nonprofit organization that promotes healthy diets, named Petill a winner in the 2009 Golden Carrot Awards. A cash prize accompanies the award: $500 for Petill and $500 for the district's food service program. Read more from the San Diego Union-Tribune.