ESDN: Food Service

To support dietitians in developing evidence based practice and research in the field of food service and the role that dietitians in food service have in reducing inequalities and improving nutritional health and sustainability in Europe.

The ESDN (European Specialist Dietetic Network) Food Service focuses on the broad area of food service and the role of the dietitian in that area. To provide food and meals to vulnerable groups such as patients, old people, people with different kinds of disability and school children as well as other groups in the population a competence in dietetics is needed. These kinds of work are generally the competence described for food service dietitians. The competence need in food service covers a wide range of topics including culinary nutrition, dietetics, food safety, food science and the sociology of food and nutrition, as well as a respect for autonomy, ethical factors and sustainability as well as leadership and financial accountability. This complex area of competence and the task of providing food and meals to vulnerable groups is the role of the dietitian in food service.

Food service dietitian focuses and works primarily within food service management with responsibility for providing nutritionally adequate, quality food to individuals or groups in health and disease in an institution or a community settings.

The ESDN for Food Service (previous ESDN administrative dietitians) was established in 2013 and meet for a workshop during EFADs conference every year to discuss different topics related to this specialist area and to exchange knowledge.


Dietitians that belong to the European Specialist Dietetic Network (ESDN) Food Service are recognised leaders in the field of food service for vulnerable groups and others. The ESDN Food Service, which focuses on clients’ needs and wishes, will continue to pro-actively initiate and grow partnerships in order to improve nutritional health, reduce socioeconomic health inequalities and contribute to sustainability through the food service sector.

To achieve our vision ESDN Food Service supports the highest quality of dietetic education, professional practice, research activity and partnership

Dietitians with expertise in Food Service who would like to join this ESDN should contact Klaus Nigl (

Who we are

Klaus Nigl MA Austria (Committee Lead)

Head of Degree Programme Dietetics  

University of Applied Sciences for Health Professions Upper Austria

Agneta Hörnell Sweden

Clinical dietitian, Professor in Food and Nutrition

Umeå University, Sweden

Malin Skinnars Josefsson Sweden

Food service dietitian, University lecturer, PhD

Uppsala University, Sweden

Derya Dikmen Turkey

Associate Professor

PhD, Hacettepe University, Turkey

Orit Jona Israel

National Manager for nutrition in Hospitals and the community

Division of Nutrition , Ministry of Health, Israel

Ada Rocha PhD Portugal

Associate Professor at the Faculty of Food Science and Nutrition

University of Porto, Portugal

Tuğçe Nur Balcı Turkey

Dietitian, Research Assistant, MSc

Atilim University, Turkey

Cláudia Viegas PhD Portugal

Senior Lecturer

Lisbon School of Health Technology, Instituto Politécnico de Lisboa, Portugal

Marie Allier France

Role Statements

Categories: Statements

EFAD ESDN Food Service Statement on the Role of the Food Service Dietitian

Last Modified: October 2016
Other language version: Spanish
Tags: Food Service