CAFE/Kendall Green Award Recognizes Excellence in Sustainability Education

Chicago, February 25, 2010 — Kendall College School of Culinary Arts and the Center for the Advancement of Foodservice Education (CAFE) are accepting applications for the 2010 CAFE/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 6th Annual CAFE Leadership Conference, June 25-27, in Baltimore, Maryland.

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.

“Kendall was one of the first culinary schools in the United States to make sustainability core to its programs, curriculum and operations,” said Christopher Koetke, dean of the Kendall College School of Culinary Arts. “Today, culinary programs across the country are embracing the same commitment.  The purpose of the CAFÉ/Kendall Green Award is to recognize that commitment 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 pioneering in teaching sustainability will serve as an inspiration to all schools,” Petersen says.

Last year’s recipient, Paul Malcolm from Johnson & Wales University in Charlotte, N.C., developed a composting program based on his family’s routine of turning food scraps into “vitamins for the garden.” Today the composting program he launched at Johnson & Wales removes more than one ton of compostable material each week from their waste stream!

Full information about award criteria and the application process can be found at in the “News” section under “Scholarship/Awards.” Applications must be postmarked no later than April 1, 2010, and the winner will be notified by May 1, 2010.

About CAFÉ

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

About Kendall College’s School of Culinary Arts
Founded in 1985, the School of Culinary Arts at Kendall College is among the premier culinary-training programs in the United States, offering associate and bachelor’s degrees and certificates in culinary arts as well as associate degrees and certificates in baking and pastry. The school occupies a stunning “Riverworks” campus near downtown Chicago. The American Culinary Federation Education Foundation Accrediting Commission has accredited the Culinary Arts Associate and Baking & Pastry Associate programs since 1988. Kendall, which celebrated its 75th anniversary in 2009, also operates Schools of Hospitality Management, Business and Education. Kendall College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association,, 1-312-263-0456. Kendall College is a member of the Laureate International Universities network. For more information, visit

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