College Dorm Food Is Getting More Sophisticated, But Some Question Its Cost

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Students at the University of New Hampshire have lunch at a campus dining hall in April 2016 in Durham, N.H. (Jim Cole/AP)

College dorm food isn’t all gloppy oatmeal and tater tots any longer.

As students get more sophisticated and health conscious, the food has, too. But there’s been a debate over whether that more-expensive food contributes to the high cost of a college education.

Malcolm Gladwell, in an episode of his “Revisionist History” podcast, blamed gourmet food for preventing schools like Bowdoin College from enrolling more low-income students.

Here & Now‘s Robin Young speaks with Frank Turchan, executive chef of the University of Michigan dining halls, about trends in college food.


Frank Turchan, executive chef for University of Michigan Dining. He tweets @ChefTurchan.

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