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Kendall College Introduces Home Chef Cooking Classes

Food Enthusiasts at Every Skill Level Given Unique Culinary Classroom Opportunities

CHICAGO (April 30, 2013) – Kendall College School of Culinary Arts introduces new Home Chef cooking classes for amateur food enthusiasts.  The former “Spice Up Your Life” program has been re-launched to offer a new recreational cooking experience for at-home chefs hoping to refine their culinary skills and learn from Kendall’s experienced culinary faculty. Classes are offered at Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced levels to provide an exceptional experience for aspiring chefs at every stage of development.
   
In addition, Kendall is launching the Kendall College Home Chef Certificate, an intensive series of non-credit bearing classes for the food enthusiast. The Home Chef Certificate of Participation can be obtained in just under a year with classes held Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:30 - 10:30pm, with an optional tutoring day on Wednesday for no additional fee. The classes culminate with all participants preparing a Sunday brunch in the Dining Room at Kendall College for friends, family and the public. A short ceremony will be held to present participants with their Certificate of Participation. The first group of participants will start classes at Kendall College July 8, 2013.

“We are thrilled to be launching the new Home Chef program,” said Kendall College President Emily Williams Knight. “As a top-ranked culinary school, it’s important that we maintain our standard of culinary excellence through community outreach and educational programs, and Home Chef is one opportunity to showcase the passion and dedication of our culinary faculty.” 

Home Chef participants will hone culinary techniques from knife skills, sautéing and braising to baking with local ingredients and integrating farmers’ market picks into everyday recipes.  An overview of each level:

  • Beginner – Courses such as Step into the World of Julie and Julia and Summertime Pies will teach basic cooking skills from baking cookies and sauce making, to mastering the perfect cheesecake. 
  • Intermediate – Classes from Baking and Pastry Techniques Multi-day Class to Ice Cream and Gelato, will help home cooks expand their knowledge and expertise in cooking techniques such as roasting, boiling and braising, while introducing important skills like stir fry and searing. Topics will cover homemade pasta, healthy cooking, international cuisine, and baking and pastry.
  • Advanced –Boot camp-style sessions, coach attendees through complex cooking skills including fruit and vegetable carving, international cuisine flavoring and intricate baking and pastry projects. Upcoming courses include Culinary Skills Multi-day Boot Camp and Fruit, Cheese and Vegetable Carving Multi-day Boot Camp. Basic knife skills are required.

For more information and to enroll in Home Chef courses, visit http://taste.kendall.edu/, call 312.752.2206 or email homechef@kendall.edu.

About the Kendall College School of Culinary Arts:
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 1800 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). The American Culinary Federation Education Foundation Accrediting Commission has accredited the Culinary Arts associate program since 1988 and the Baking and Pastry associate program since 2008. Kendall College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA), www.ncahlc.org; 1-312-263-0456. For more information, visit www.Kendall.edu.