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Inside Kendall

Get to know the faculty: School of Culinary Arts

Chef Thomas Meyer is a culinary instructor at the Kendall College School of Culinary Arts. Many days he can be found in the café greeting students and talking about the latest global culinary treat being served for dinner. He says one of his favorite subjects to teach is Quantity Cooking/Café because of the “real world” environment of the café.  He says that “sometimes when the students come in [to the café class] they can get overwhelmed, but over time they grow and develop.”

Recently the café, under Chef Meyer’s direction, has featured cuisine from Mexico, China and several other countries and regions.

In addition to being surprised and delighted by the cultural diversity of the student body in the School of Culinary Arts, he says “One of my favorite things about Kendall College is the diversity of expertise. For example, if I had a question about bread, Kendall has experts on bread. If I have a question about a sauce, Kendall has experts on sauces.”

When it comes to his own favorite things to eat and drink, Chef Meyer reveals “I am open to almost anything if it has been done well!”

Chef Meyer likes being creative with hobbies like photography and thinks he would be doing “something creative” if he wasn’t teaching. Like many people, his favorite season in Chicago is Summer and he loves the many unique neighborhoods in the city.

 

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