FAME Awards

Foodservice Achievement Management Excellence (FAME)

Basic American Foods Annual FAME Awards recognize outstanding heroes in K-12 foodservice. What do these heroes look like? School nutrition professionals who raise industry standards by tackling challenges and making a difference within their school districts and communities.

The 32nd  awards ceremony will be held during the School Nutrition Industry Conference in January 2021.


We believe there’s nothing better than a really great meal.


And we know what make school meals so great are the people like you who create them – in school kitchens and lunch rooms everywhere. We’re proud to serve the K-12 foodservice segment, where the Basic American Foods FAME Awards honor and recognize food heroes like you.


Step 1: Who is eligible?

  • All school nutrition professionals who are members of SNA, in addition to special supporters of school nutrition, are eligible for nomination.
  • While director nominees are limited to receiving one Silver Star Award during their careers as directors, they are also eligible to receive the Golden Star Award.
  • Career changes may make past FAME Award winners eligible to receive different FAME Awards. Past FAME Award winners are not eligible to receive the same award.
  • All winners must be in good standing with the industry.
  • Employees of Basic American Foods (BAF) are not eligible.
  • The selection committee and BAF reserve the right to disqualify any nominee or winner.

Step 2: Pick a category

There are four award categories, so take a look at the following nomination criteria and questions per category and decide which best fits for your nominee.

  • Golden Director of the Year Award
  • Leadership Award
  • Spirit Award
  • Rising Star Award

Step 3: Write an achievement summary

Once you’ve matched your nominee’s accomplishments with the appropriate award, use the questions to create a summary of your nominee’s achievements.

The FAME selection committee will use the achievement summary to determine the winners.

Step 4: Nominate online

  • Please be concise in your responses. Limit each response to 4,500 characters (approximately 500 words).
  • Additional materials, such as article clippings, samples, videos, etc., will not be accepted.

2020 Winners

Congratulations to the 2020 FAME Award Winners

Golden School Foodservice Director of the Year Award
Mark Bordeau, SNS
Senior Food Service Director
Broome Tioga BOCES
Endicott, NY
Silver Spirit Award
Shonia Hall
Director, School Nutrition Services
Oklahoma City Public Schools
Oklahoma City, OK
Silver Leadership Award
Arron Wylie
Director of Child Nutrition
Eagle Mountain-Saginaw Independent School District
Fort Worth, TX
Silver Rising Star Award
Kathlyn Walter
School Nutrition Program Supervisor
Putnam County Schools                                                                        Cookeville, TN

Event Registration

The 32nd Annual Basic American Foods FAME Awards ceremony will be held during the SNA School Nutrition Industry Conference in January 2021. While the FAME Awards are presented at the School Nutrition Industry Conference, it is not a SNA event. Event registration and location coming soon.

Questions? Need more information?

Please contact Deniece Ledin:

Phone: (925) 472-4139

Email: dledin@baf.com

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