The Kendall College School of Culinary Arts continued to demonstrate its industry leadership with participation in educational sessions at the National Restaurant Association’s NRA Show 2011, May 21 – 24, in Chicago. Executive Director Christopher Koetke, CEC, CCE, who has become a nationally recognized authority on sustainability in the foodservice industry, spoke at two sessions.
In “Compost: The Quiet Hero Returns to Explain How” he described how educators and operators can set up a successful composting program and the key to its success – educating students and employees on why it is important and fully explaining what materials can be composted. He also addressed many of the challenges facing composting programs, such as widely ranging municipal regulations and resources, and how the industry can work together to overcome them. Other participants included representatives from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, National Restaurant Association Conserve and Zero Waste Zones.
Speaking on “Get Hooked: Selling the Seafood Sustainability Story,” Koetke addressed the need for education at all levels from consumers and students to chefs and operators, providing some of the tools and information that can be employed to help them make the critical decisions necessary to preserve our oceans and this important food source for the future. He was joined by National Geographic Fellow, noted author and chef, Barton Seaver, as well as representatives from Seafood Choices UK and the Shedd Aquarium.