Chicago — June 8, 2011 — Marco Bahena, a new graduate of the Kendall College School of Culinary Arts, is a recipient of the 2nd Edition of Sammic Scholarships through BasqueStage. The scholarship offers Bahena an all-expenses-paid six-month internship at Chef Martin Berasategui’s eponymous three-Michelin-star restaurant in Lasarte near San Seastian, Spain. The prize includes a monthly stipend as well as the opportunity for Bahena to chronicle his experience via an interactive blog.
BasqueStage is an educational project that seeks culinary field training for young professionals and recent graduates among top chefs in the Basque country, one of the world’s culinary epicenters. The initiative is driven by Sammic, a manufacturer of foodservice equipment founded in 1961 and based in Spain. Besides Bahena, a scholarship was awarded to another U.S. culinary student from Portland, Ore.
“Kendall College is very proud of Marco and his promising future as a culinarian,” says Renee Zonka, RD, CEC, CHE, dean of the Kendall College School of Culinary Arts. “He represents the excellence of our program and demonstrates that a Kendall student is given the best tools with which to reach the heights of culinary achievement.”
While his pending graduation from Kendall’s Bachelor’s degree program means he has yet to embark on his culinary career, Bahena, from Vernon Hills, Ill., already is earning cooking accolades worthy of a seasoned veteran. Last November he represented Kendall College and the United States in the second-annual International Culinary Schools Tapas Competition in Valladolid, Spain. More recently, Bahena took first place and $5,000 in Kraft Foodservice’s Future Chefs of GREY POUPON Student Culinary Competition and was the national winner of the 9th-annual S.Pellegrino® Almost Famous Chef® competition, which netted him $13,000 in prize money.
About Kendall College’s 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 2,500 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. For more information, visit www.kendall.edu.