Message from President Emily Williams Knight:
I am delighted to welcome Kim Shambrook as the Director of Professional Education and Community Outreach for Kendall College.
In this role, Kim will lead Kendall’s planned expansion into the non-credit and personal enrichment sector and will lead the planning, development and promotion of the following programs:
- Home Chef – our recreational cooking series open to the public
- Culinary Certificate – a more structured cooking series designed to enhance culinary technique and personal enrichment
- Professional and Continuing Education – programs and seminars for domestic and international students as well as industry professional in Business, Culinary Arts Education and Hospitality Management
Kim is an accomplished entrepreneur with diverse professional experiences in for-profit and not-for-profit industries as well as a classically trained chef/culinary instructor. For the past 11 years, Kim served as President, Co-Founder and Executive Chef of Bespoke Cuisine, a full-service boutique catering and event company with a focus on recreational cooking classes. She also recently served as Adjunct Faculty of Culinary and Hospitality for Robert Morris University.
In her previous corporate life, Kim served as the Vice President of Operations for Closerlook, Inc. a Chicago-based communications and marketing firm specializing in strategy development, technology, and relationship management. She has deep expertise leading continuing education programming and operations, and worked for many years for such companies as the National Association of Realtors, the Women’s Council of Realtors, and the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Kim earned both her B.S. in Education and M.S. in Educational Psychology from the Eastern Illinois University. She is also alum of Kendall College, where she earned her Certificate in Professional Cookery.
Members of our leadership team who met with Kim found her engaging and creative style to be a great fit for our institution. A visionary entrepreneur and leader, Kim has the unique ability to help us build this exciting emerging market and to capitalize on our number one rankings in both culinary arts and hospitality management. With her leadership, these programs will expand rapidly, and her extensive networks will help create new professional relationships for Kendall College.
Please join me in welcoming Kim to Kendall College.
– Emily Williams Knight, President of Kendall College