Chicago Public High School student Jose Gonzales was announced the winner of the Frontera Scholarship 2010 at a press conference held at Frontera Grill on July 16. Celebrity Chef Rick Bayless launched the Frontera Scholarship program in 2008 in conjunction with Kendall College, which he believes to be one of the best culinary schools in the country.
Each year Chef Bayless, along with other board members, selects a Mexican-American student from the Chicago Public School System who has shown a genuine and consistent interest in the hospitality industry. The winning student is then awarded a full scholarship to attend Kendall College’s School of Culinary Arts for an Associate of Applied Science degree in culinary arts or baking and pastry. In addition, the winning student gets to do an internship at Chef Bayless’ restaurants—and the chance to accompany the Frontera team on their annual trip to Mexico.
The judging panel consisted of Rick Bayless, Chef/Owner of Frontera Grill and Topolobampo; Christopher Koetke, Dean of the School of Culinary Arts at Kendall College; Sheila O’Grady, President of the Illinois Restaurant Association; George Cardenas, Alderman; David Blackmon, Program Manager Hospitality & Culinary Arts, CPS ETC; and Steve Dolinsky, ABC-TV.