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Chef Dina Altieri Named Dean of the Kendall College School of Culinary Arts


Chicago—May 01, 2015—Kendall College is pleased to announce the recent promotion of Chef Dina Altieri to dean of the School of Culinary Arts. Previously, she was a chef-instructor and associate professor at the college for seven years. “Chef Altieri is not only the consummate educator, but renowned nationally for her culinary and management skills in a wide range of foodservice operations,” says Emily Williams Knight, president of Kendall College. “Adored and looked up to by students and admired and respected by our faculty and administration, she is the ideal dean for the School of Culinary Arts as we celebrate our 30th anniversary this year and embark on the next 30. Given her vision, passion, expertise and drive, Chicago’s—and the nation’s and world’s—culinary community looks forward to the positive impacts her leadership of our esteemed program will make on the domestic and...

Kendall College and La Quinta Inns & Suites Offer Hospitality Educational Program to Veterans


CHICAGO, April 15, 2015 — In collaboration with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Kendall College is joining with La Quinta Inns & Suites to expand the reach of its hospitality educational program to help veterans and their spouses. The program, which launched April 1, is designed to provide students critical education and experience that can lead to a career in hospitality management. The first cohort is expected to begin their studies in July 2015. Kendall College announced a similar initiative in 2014 when it joined forces with the Department of Veterans Affairs and Blackstone Holding Group to bring new career opportunities to veterans across the country.

Kendall College School of Culinary Arts Students Earn Sixth Straight Win at American Culinary Federation Regional Knowledge Bowl


Chicago—April 22, 2015—A team of six students enrolled in the Kendall College School of Culinary Arts earned the winner’s trophy and gold medals at the Central Regional Baron H. Galand Culinary Knowledge Bowl on April 14 at the American Culinary Federation’s (ACF) 2015 ChefConnect: Indy in Indianapolis. This is the sixth consecutive year that a Kendall team has swept this annual regional competition to qualify for finals.

Kendall College Student Selected to Attend Clinton Global Initiative University


International School of Business School student Chris Berndt was selected in a competitive process across the Laureate International Universities network Chicago—March 5, 2015 — Chris Berndt, a 24-year-old undergraduate business management student at Kendall College, has been selected to attend the eighth annual Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) at the University of Miami, March 6–8, 2015. Berndt was chosen from a pool of students in the Laureate International Universities network, who were nominated based on academic results and demonstrated experience leading projects that make a positive, long-term impact in their local communities. Berndt joins three additional students from Costa Rica, Brazil and Morocco.

Kendall College President Elected to NRAEF Board of Trustees


  NRAEF-Board-of-TrusteesEmily Williams Knight, president of Kendall College, is among the newest members elected to the Board of Trustees of the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF), the philanthropic foundation of the National Restaurant Association (NRA).  Knight was welcomed to the board at the NRAEF’s annual meeting on Jan. 30 in Orlando, Florida. She will serve a two-year term with the possibility of serving two additional two-year terms. Knight is the first representative of Kendall College to serve the NRAEF in this capacity in the foundation’s 28 years.

As a new trustee of the 35-member board, Knight represents not only Kendall College’s Schools of Culinary Arts, Hospitality Management and Business to the NRAEF, but also the farther-reaching role of higher education in supporting the NRAEF’s strategic initiatives. These include creating educational programs that...

Kendall College School of Culinary Arts Student Takes Top Honors at Annual S.Pellegrino® Almost Famous Chef® Central Regional Competition


Chicago—January 13, 2015—Kendall College School of Culinary Arts student Qi Ai won the titles of Central Regional and People’s Choice winner at the S.Pellegrino Almost Famous Chef cooking competition, hosted at Kendall College on January 12, 2015. Ai, a native of Beijing, China, impressed the panel of judges with her innovative signature recipe called Duo of Duck. Now she advances to the finals competition to be held in Napa Valley, California in March. This is the fourth year a Kendall student has won the regional competition.   Ai competed against other students in the Central Region, representing culinary arts programs at six institutions, during a two-day, highly competitive cook-off, judged by celebrity chefs David Posey formerly of Blackbird, Curtis Duffy of Grace, Sarah Grueneberg of Monteverde, Matt McCallister of FT33 and Marco Bahena the 2010 Regional Winner. Ai was announced the winner...

Preparing for a career in culinary arts


Danielle Crasto of Kendall College, Chicago talks about her experience of studying in the culinary arts program.

Kendall College and the Chicago Tribune present the best holiday cookies


This year's contest, in its 28th year, came with a first: Readers helped pick the finalists, casting some 4,200 votes online and sending the top 25 vote-getters into the finals. Those cookies were then baked by culinary students at Kendall College before the winners were chosen by a panel of Tribune food writers and other staff members, along with guest judges, James P. DeWan, a culinary instructor at Kendall and writer of the monthly Prep School column for Good Eating, and confectioner Ginna Haravon, owner of Chicago-based Salted Caramel ( Here are the winners' recipes and their stories.

Kendall College Marks a Milestone

Started as a junior college in 1934, Kendall College today features fully modern classrooms and kitchen labs, a 150-seat auditorium, student facilities and a Michelin Guide-recommended Dining Room, which is open to the public for lunch and dinner. Seen here, Emily Williams Knight, president of Kendall College, addresses attendees of a special anniversary celebration.

A pastry chef’s sweet holiday memory


Working her first official shift at age 4, Hedeker was the youngest of the child laborers, who were the sons and daughters of all the bakers on staff. Coronated Cookie Princess, Hedeker was charged with arranging the cookies and memorizing their ingredients, so she could explain them to customers.

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