Kendall College Brings “Study Abroad” to Students’ Doorstep
First Master Class Conducted on Thai Culture & Cuisine
CHICAGO, April 27, 2011—The Kendall College School of Culinary Arts is launching a series of master classes to bring the “study abroad” experience to the doorstep of its students. The program includes an intensive, 10-day master class for culinary arts students taught by chef instructors and representatives from the featured country.
The first class in the series, featuring the cuisine and culture of Thailand, was conducted earlier this month. The program was presented in partnership with Arun Sampanthavivat, chef/owner of the nationally acclaimed restaurant Arun’s, in Chicago, and the Thai Royal Consulate-General. Two nationally renowned chefs from Thailand, Chachaya Raktakanishta and Nathathai Chonglerttham, traveled to the United States to lead the master class. As part of the class, Kendall students, with the guidance of their instructors, prepared an authentic Thai luncheon featuring the various regional cuisines of the country.
“Our students went on an amazing culinary journey,” stated Christopher Koetke, CEC, CCE, vice president of Laureate International Universities Center of Excellence in Culinary Arts and executive director of the Kendall College School of Culinary Arts. “This program adds tremendous value. Exposure to new ingredients, new cultures and new traditions will undoubtedly serve as an inspiration and expand their horizons.”
The master series will be presented three times each year during quarter breaks. The next master class will be held June 27 – July 9, 2011 and will focus on the cuisine and culture of Mexico, in partnership with the Mexican government and the culinary program at Universidad del Valle de Mexico.
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About the Kendall College School of Culinary Arts
Kendall College, founded in 1934, is located in Chicago, Illinois. Kendall offers undergraduate degrees in business, culinary arts, early childhood education and hospitality management to a diverse and passionate community of more than 2500 students. The curriculum combines strong academics with practical experience and international educational opportunities that help give students in business, hospitality and culinary arts programs the skills and expertise to be leaders in their professions. The School of Culinary Arts is one of the leading culinary training programs in the United States. The school offers associate and bachelor’s degrees and certificates in the culinary arts as well as an associate degree and certificate in baking and pastry. The American Culinary Federation Education Foundation Accrediting Commission has accredited the Culinary Arts associate program since 1988 and the Baking and Pastry associate program since 2008. Kendall College, a member of the Laureate International Universities network, is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA), www.ncahlc.org.
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