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School of Culinary Arts Launches Recipe Competition on Facebook for High-School Students

“Kendall Cooks Challenge” encourages use of fresh ingredients and traditional cooking methods in developing a winning recipe. 

Chicago—September 13, 2012—The Kendall College School of Culinary Arts invites high-school students across the U.S. to develop their culinary skills through a series of online, interactive recipe competitions. The first competition was launched on September 5.  Students enter by visiting Kendall’s Facebook page where they are challenged to create a recipe using three mystery ingredients revealed via video by School of Culinary Arts Vice President Chris Koetke, CEC, CCE, HAAC, and Food Network Iron Chef, James Beard Award-winner, and Kendall alum, Jose Garces.

Students submit their recipes, photos of their finished dishes, and brief explanations of why they picked their dishes on Kendall’s Facebook page. The Kendall Cooks Challenge is open four times throughout the school year (September/October 2012, December 2012, February 2013 and April 2013), each time introducing new mystery ingredients via video by Koetke and a guest chef, who also provide educational tips that students will find useful in working with the ingredients and developing their recipes. One winner will be selected each time based on the following criteria:

  • Creativity of overall dish: 10 points
  • Appropriate use of mystery-basket ingredients in amount and creativity: 15 points
  • Listing exact ingredient amounts and clear instructions: 15 points
  • Appearance of dish: 20 points
  • Taste: 40 points
Christopher Koetke,
CEC, CCE, HAAC

Chef Koetke will engage with participants throughout the competition by hosting live chats on Facebook. “This contest is an excellent way to help high-school students across the country gain a real appreciation of fresh ingredients while engaging them to think about scratch cooking and flavor development,” Koetke says.

Each of the four first-place winners will receive a professional knife kit provided by Northwestern Cutlery. At the end of the school year, one grand-prize winner selected from the four first-place winners will receive a trip to Chicago in the summer of 2013, including travel expenses, to attend a weeklong Kendall Culinary Camp. The grand prize winner will also receive a personalized chef’s coat and an appearance on a future online episode of “Kendall Cooks with Chef Koetke.”

For more information, visit http://culinary.kendall.edu/about/kendall-cooks-challenge.

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 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). 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.

Media Contacts:
Amber Cerda, 312-752-2472, amber.cerda@kendall.edu