Kendall Awards and Recognition

Kendall College is #1 in Chicago!
The accomplishments of students, alumni and faculty have helped Kendall College become number one in Chicago and one of the most respected institutions of higher education in the nation.

  • Kendall College's accreditation has been reaffirmed by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) for 10 years-the maximum amount of time allowed. (August, 2013)
  • Kendall College has been ranked as the most ethnically diverse liberal arts college in the Midwest in U.S. News & World Report's 2013 Edition of Best Colleges. (October, 2012)

School of Culinary Arts

  • Ranked the number one program in Chicago for preparing students for a career in the culinary arts in a survey of management at Chicago MICHELIN Guide restaurants (TNS Global - 2013 Survey).
  • Kendall named one of top 20 culinary schools in America by FSR Magazine. (June 2014)
  • Kendall's School of Culinary Arts' A.A.S. in Baking and Pastry and A.A.S. in Culinary Arts programs' accreditations from the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation's Accrediting Commission (ACFEFAC) have been renewed and awarded "exemplary" status in August, 2013.
  • The Dining Room at Kendall College was recommended in The MICHELIN Guide Chicago in 2011, 2012 and 2013.
  • Awarded the Academy of the Culinary Arts Cordon d' Or - Gold Ribbon Cooking School of the Year Culinary Academy Award for 2008.
  • Faculty  
    • Chef-instructor and assistant professor Heidi Hedeker, MA/MSW, was awarded her master-baker certification (CMB) from Retail Bakers of America (RBA) in 2013. She is the second CMB teaching at Kendall College.
    • Chef-instructor Melina Kelson-Podolsky, was honored with a 2012 Leadership Award from Modern Baking magazine in the Industry Service category.
    • Chef-instructor Eric Stein, M.S., R.D., and alumna/advisory board member Chef Jaime Mestan, C.S.C., took first place in the inaugural Professional Culinology® Competition in 2012.
    • Chef-instructor Dina Altieri, CEC, CCE, was named the American Culinary Federation's Chef Educator of the Year in 2011.
    • Chef-instructor Dana Cox received the 2011 Catherine Brandel Scholarship from Women Chefs & Restaurateurs (WCR) and was the recipient of Olson Communications' fourth-annual Chefs of Tomorrow grant program for culinary educators.
    • Vice President Christopher Koetke, CEC, CCE, received the inaugural Award for Excellence in Culinary Education from the Foodservice Educators Network International (FENI), was named 2009 Cooking Teacher of the Year by the International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP), and selected as a recipient of the FCCLA National Distinguished Service Award.
  • Students
    • School of Culinary Arts students won the Central Regional Baron H. Galand Culinary Knowledge Bowl at the American Culinary Federation's (ACF) Central Regional Conference for the fifth straight time in 2014 and first runners up at nationals in 2013.
    • School of Culinary Arts students were the national champions in the American Culinary Federation Baron H. Galand Culinary Knowledge Bowl in 2010 and 2011.
    • Culinary Students, Myra Viviana Proano and Danielle Welch, were awarded Scholarships from the Chicago chapter of Les Dames d'Escoffier International (LDEI) at a champagne reception on campus on May 14, 2013.
    • School of Culinary Arts students have won the S.Pellegrino Almost Famous Chef North Central Regional Competition for three consecutive years since 2010.
    • Jennifer Kim won the S.Pellegrino Almost Famous Chef National Competition in Napa Valley, California in 2012. This was the fourth time that a Kendall College student has won the national competition, which is a record, and the second consecutive win by a student enrolled at Kendall.
    • Marco Bahena won the S.Pellegrino Almost Famous Chef National Competition in 2011, and was the recipient of the 2nd Edition of Sammic Scholarships through BasqueStage, earning him an all-expenses-paid six-month internship at a three-Michelin-star restaurant in Spain.
    • Uyen (Nina) Nguyen won the first-ever Michelin Scholarship for Culinary Excellence in May 2011 and a stage at Eric Ripert's three-Michelin-star Le Bernadin in New York City.
  • Sustainability
    • Koetke received the first-ever Pathfinder Award from Chefs Collaborative in October 2010 for his dedication to raising awareness of the importance of sustainability in the food industry.
    • Kendall College was named the official educational partner of the National Restaurant Association Conserve Environmental Initiative in 2009.
    • Kendall College received the first Green Award earned by any culinary-arts program globally by the Foodservice Consultants Society International (FCSI) in 2007.
    • Kendall College is the first institution with an accredited culinary-arts program to operate Green Certified Restaurants.
  • Alumni
    • Beverly Kim (2000) made it to the final four on Bravo's hit TV show "Top Chef: Texas" in 2012
    • Jose Garces (1996) named the Food Network's sixth "Iron Chef" and James Beard Foundation 2009 Best Chef in the Mid-Atlantic
    • Doug Sohn's (1995) restaurant, Hot Doug's, listed as one of the 50 Best Restaurants on the Planet by Bon Appétit
    • Mike Zakowski (1994) competed in the Coupe du Monde de la Boulangerie, or World Cup of Baking, in 2012 as a member of Team USA, which placed second
    • Michael White (1993) named Esquire's Best New Chef (2002), awarded a Michelin star in 2009 for Alto in NYC and nominated for James Beard Foundation Award - Best Chef: New York City (Five Boroughs) in 2011 and 2012
    • Shawn McClain (1990) named James Beard Foundation 2006 Best Chef in the Midwest
    • Mindy Segal (1989) received 2012 James Beard Foundation Award for Outstanding Pastry Chef (nominated 2007 – 2012)

School of Hospitality Management

  • Ranked the number one program in Chicago for preparing students for a career in hospitality management in a survey of management at Chicago's leading hotels (TNS Global - 2013 Survey).
  • Eighteen Kendall College students earned the esteemed Glion Advanced Certificate in International Hospitality Management following a rigorous exam held on November 30, 2012.
  • Kendall College School of Hospitality Management Dean Dr. Sue Tinnish and Associate Professor Sapna Mangal received the World Education Congress' (WEC) "Best Paper" award for a paper they co-wrote on sustainable event marketing in July, 2012. 
  • Retired Professor Glen Ramsborg, Ph.D., CMP, was recognized as Education Honoree at the PCMA Education Foundation Dinner Honoring Professional Achievement in 2011.
  • Dean Sue Tinnish, Ph.D., was selected to serve as U.S. Chair for the International Standards Organization (ISO) effort to develop worldwide sustainable events management system.
  • Kendall College students formed the first Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association (HSMAI) International collegiate chapter in Illinois in 2010 and the first Meeting Planning International (MPI) collegiate chapter in Illinois in 2009.

School of Business

  • School of Business students helped launch the nonprofit organization "Fresh Moves" in Chicago in 2011.
  • Kendall College School of Business was the first college to partner with the "Jobs For Youth/Chicago Bridge Program," giving greater access to post-secondary education to disadvantaged Chicago youth.

School of Education

  • Kendall College was ranked 3rd on a list of the top 25 online Early Childhood Education Programs by SuperScholar Smart Choice in 2013.
  • Kendall College is the only four-year college in Illinois and one of a select few nationwide to offer both a Bachelor of Arts in Culinary Arts and a Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education, uniquely positioning the college to merge its expertise from these two programs and offer a childhood nutrition concentration in the School of Education.