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Kendall College is No. 1 in Chicago!

The accomplishments of students, alumni and faculty have helped Kendall College become number one in Chicago’s and one of the most respected institutions of higher education in the nation. Chicago leading hotels and Michelin Guide Restaurants rank Kendall College the number one program in Chicago for preparing students for careers in the culinary arts and hospitality industries. Learn more about all of our awards below.

Kendall College is #1 in Chicago!

OCT 2012

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)

OCT 2013

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). Read More

AUG 2013

Kendall College's accreditation has been reaffirmed by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) for 10 years-the maximum amount of time allowed. (August, 2013)

OCT 2013

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). Read More

Culinary Arts

MAR 2009

Awarded the Academy of the Culinary Arts Cordon d' Or - Gold Ribbon Cooking School of the Year Culinary Academy Award for 2008.

'11, '12, '13

The Dining Room at Kendall College was recommended in The MICHELIN Guide Chicago in 2011, 2012 and 2013.

OCT 2013

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). Read More

JUN 2014

FSR Magazine lists Kendall College as a Top 20 Culinary School in America Read More

JUN 2014

Kendall named one of top 20 culinary schools in America by FSR Magazine. (June 2014)

School of Hospitality Management

'09, '10

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.

APR 2011

Retired Professor Glen Ramsborg, Ph.D., CMP, was recognized as Education Honoree at the PCMA Education Foundation Dinner Honoring Professional Achievement in 2011.

JUL 2011

Associate Professor 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.

JUL 2012

Kendall College School of Hospitality Management Assistant Professor 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.

NOV 2012

Eighteen Kendall College students earned the esteemed Glion Advanced Certificate in International Hospitality Management following a rigorous exam held on November 30, 2012.

OCT 2013

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). Read More

March 2016

In 2016, CEOWORLD magazine ranked the Kendall College School of Hospitality Management among the top 30 hospitality and hotel management schools in the world. Read More

School of Education

JAN 2010

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.

MAR 2013

Kendall College was ranked 3rd on a list of the top 25 online Early Childhood Education Programs by SuperScholar Smart Choice in 2013.

MAR 2014

Kendall College was ranked #3 on the Top 25 Smart Choice Schools for Online Early Childhood Education Degrees list by SuperScholar Smart Choice in 2014. Read More

MAR 2015

Ranked One of the 50 Best Online Bachelor’s in Early Childhood Education Programs by SuperScholar Smart Choice in 2015. Read More

International School of Business

MAR 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.

JUN 2011

School of Business students helped launch the nonprofit organization "Fresh Moves" in Chicago in 2011.

Faculty

APR 2009

Vice President Christopher Koetke, CEC, CCE, received the inaugural Award for Excellence in Culinary Education from the Foodservice Educators Network International (FENI) and was named 2009 Cooking Teacher of the Year by the International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP).

JUL 2011

Chef-instructor Dina Altieri, CEC, CCE, was named the American Culinary Federation's Chef Educator of the Year in 2011.

AUG 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.

APR 2012

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.

JUL 2012

Chef-instructor Melina Kelson-Podolsky, was honored with a 2012 Leadership Award from Modern Baking magazine in the Industry Service category.

JAN 2013

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.

Students

JAN 2010

School of Culinary Arts students have won the S.Pellegrino Almost Famous Chef North Central Regional Competition for three consecutive years since 2010.

'10, '11

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.

MAR 2011

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.

MAY 2011

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.

MAR 2012

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.

MAY 2013

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.

'13, '14

School of Culinary Arts students were the national champions in the American Culinary Federation Baron H. Galand Culinary Knowledge Bowl in 2010 and 2011.

JAN 15

Culinary Arts student, Qi Ai, Took Top Honors at Annual S.Pellegrino® Almost Famous Chef® Central Regional Competition. Read More

AUG 2015

Kendall College School of Culinary Arts Wins 2015 American Culinary Federation National Knowledge Bowl. Read More

Alumni

APR 2006

Shawn McClain (1990) named James Beard Foundation 2006 Best Chef in the Midwest

OCT 2009

Jose Garces (1996) named the Food Network's sixth "Iron Chef" and James Beard Foundation 2009 Best Chef in the Mid-Atlantic

DEC 2011

Doug Sohn's (1995) restaurant, Hot Doug's, listed as one of the 50 Best Restaurants on the Planet by Bon Appétit

'11, '12

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

FEB 2012

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

FEB 2012

Beverly Kim (2000) made it to the final four on Bravo's hit TV show "Top Chef: Texas" in 2012

MAY 2012

Mindy Segal (1989) received 2012 James Beard Foundation Award for Outstanding Pastry Chef (nominated 2007 – 2012)

2014

Jason Zepaltas recently made it to the finals of Hell's Kitchen.

FEB 2014

Ryan Hutmacher (2005) won ABC's competition of "The Chew Search for the Weight Watchers Chef". Read More

Sustainability

JAN 2007

Kendall College received the first Green Award earned by any culinary arts program globally by the Foodservice Consultants Society International (FCSI) in 2007.

MAR 2009

Kendall College was named the official educational partner of the National Restaurant Association Conserve Environmental Initiative in 2009.

OCT 2010

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.

 
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