Third Annual CAFÉ/Kendall College Green Award Recognizes Excellence in Sustainability Education
Culinary Programs Across the Nation Spotlight Their Best Ideas!
Chicago—March 23, 2011—The Kendall College School of Culinary Arts and the Center for the Advancement of Foodservice Education (CAFÉ) are accepting applications for the 2011 CAFÉ/Kendall Green Award. This is the first-ever national award to recognize secondary and postsecondary culinary-arts and baking/pastry programs for their commitment to sustainability. In addition to the award, the winner will receive a $1,000 cash prize plus complimentary registration to the 7th Annual CAFÉ Leadership Conference, June 23-25, in Providence, Rhode Island.
All secondary and postsecondary culinary-arts and baking/pastry programs in the United States, whether diploma- or degree-granting, are eligible. Selection criteria are based on the integration of sustainability into educational programs and/or operations.
“Sustainability is integral to the Kendall culture from our mission statement to our curriculum and operations,” said Christopher Koetke, executive director of the Kendall College School of Culinary Arts and vice president of the Laureate International Universities Center of Excellence in Culinary Arts. “With this award, CAFÉ and Kendall College recognize the sustainability commitment of educators and programs across the nation and build the body of knowledge that can help other institutions in their journey toward sustainability.”
According to Mary Petersen, founder and executive director of CAFÉ, the winning program will be selected for its level of innovation; perceived impact on students’ understanding of sustainability practices and their importance; and the ease with which elements of the winning program can be implemented in similar programs nationwide. “We hope to hear from many programs across the country whose commitment to teaching sustainability will serve as an inspiration to all schools,” Petersen says.
The recipient of the 2010 CAFÉ/Kendall Green Award was Faith Jennetta, program coordinator and baking instructor for the Technology Center of DuPage (TCD), a high school located in Addison, Illinois. She was recognized for her tilapia aquaculture project.
Full information about award criteria and the application process can be found in the news section of CAFÉ’s website under “Scholarship/Awards.” Applications must be postmarked no later than April 1, 2011, and the winner will be notified by May 1, 2011.
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.
Founded in 2002, CAFÉ specializes in providing needed resources to educators so that they may more successfully train students for vibrant, fulfilling careers in the ever-evolving foodservice industry. Through its Web portal; online magazine, The Gold Medal Classroom; and series of skills and learning workshops nationwide, CAFÉ is dedicated to addressing the unique needs of highly specialized professionals who wear two hats as culinarians and teachers. For more information on CAFÉ, visit www.CafeMeetingPlace.com.