Kendall College Culinary Arts Students Win American Culinary Federation Regional Knowledge Bowl

Student team is Central Regional champion of Baron H. Galand Culinary Knowledge Bowl for 4th year in a row

Chicago—May 6, 2013— A team of five students enrolled in the Kendall College School of Culinary Arts’ associate and baccalaureate programs beat nine other teams on April 30 to win the Central Regional Baron H. Galand Culinary Knowledge Bowl at the American Culinary Federation’s (ACF) 2013 Central Regional Conference in Little Rock, Ark.

This is the fourth consecutive year that a Kendall College team has swept this annual regional competition to qualify for finals.

This year’s team, comprised of Brenda Martinez (captain), Jeremy Noga, Chelsea Parks, Nicole Zapletal and Chris Lutz (alternate), competed against student teams from foodservice-training programs at postsecondary schools throughout ACF’s Central Region stretching from Minnesota and Michigan to Texas and Louisiana. As regional champion, the Kendall College team will compete for the national title against the finalist teams representing the ACF’s three other regions on July 23 at the ACF’s 2013 National Convention in Las Vegas, Nev. Among the four regional finalists, the team with the highest score will be named the national ACF Baron H. Galand Culinary Knowledge Bowl winner for 2013.

“We are extremely proud of the students who excelled so admirably in the ACF’s Central Regional Knowledge Bowl to earn Kendall College a win for a fourth year in a row,” says Renee Zonka, RD, CEC, CHE, dean of the Kendall College School of Culinary Arts, who was on hand in Little Rock along with team coach and chef-instructor Dina Altieri, CEC, CCE, to support the Kendall team. “Their hard work and dedication to preparing for this year’s competition was remarkable, and competing for the national title in July against other top regional teams will be an exciting and enriching educational experience. We’ll be in Las Vegas to cheer them on for a hopeful win.”

Kendall College won the national Knowledge Bowl championship at the ACF’s annual conventions in Dallas, Texas, in 2011 and Anaheim, Calif., in 2010.
The Baron H. Galand Culinary Knowledge Bowl tests the acumen of culinary-arts students via a “Jeopardy”-style subjects grid that includes challenging culinary, baking, nutrition, sanitation and math questions as well as sensory perception. The competition is named after the late chef Baron H. Galand, CEC, AAC, who served as national president of the ACF from 1983 to 1987. First held at the ACF’s 1992 National Convention in Washington, D.C., today the four geographic regions of the ACF hold the competition at their respective conferences in winter and spring to qualify teams to compete for the national title at the ACF’s convention in summer.

About Kendall College:
Kendall College, founded in 1934, is located in Chicago, Illinois and is a member of the Laureate International Universities network. Kendall offers undergraduate degrees in business, culinary arts, early childhood education and hospitality management to a diverse and passionate community of more than 2200 students. The curriculum combines strong academics with practical experience and international educational opportunities that help give students in business, hospitality and culinary arts programs the skills and expertise to be leaders in their professions. Kendall College was ranked the number one program in Chicago for preparing students for careers in hospitality management and culinary arts in a survey of management at Chicago’s leading hotels and Michelin Guide restaurants (ORC International – 2011 Survey). Kendall College  is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA),; 1-312-263-0456. For more information, visit


Kendall College Knowledge Bowl Regional ACF Winning Team

The 2013 ACF Central Regional Baron H. Galand Culinary Knowledge Bowl champions from Kendall College (l. to r.): Nicole Zapletal, Brenda Martinez, Chef Dina Altieri, Chef Renee Zonka (dean), Chelsea Parks, Jeremy Noga, Chris Lutz.