Kendall College School of Culinary Arts Student Takes Top Honors at Annual S.Pellegrino Almost Famous Chef Competition

Chicago — January 24, 2012 — Kendall College School of Culinary Arts student Jennifer Kim won the title of North Central Regional S.Pellegrino Almost Famous Chef at the fast-paced, high-pressure cooking competition held at Kendall on January 18, 2012. Kim, a native of Schaumburg, Ill., impressed the panel of judges with her creative signature recipe for chard-rolled duck roulade. Now she advances to the finals competition to be held in Napa Valley, Calif., March 9-12. This is the third consecutive year a Kendall student has won the regional competition.

Kim competed against students representing culinary-arts programs at five institutions in the North Central Region in an intense competition judged by local media and celebrity chefs Jean Joho of Everest, Joncarl Lachman of HB Home Bistro, Chris Macchia of Coco Pazzo and David Posey of Blackbird. Kim was announced the winner before an enthusiastic audience of local media, chefs and invited guests during the tasting reception. 

“Winning the competition is truly an honor,” said Kim. “The competition gave me the opportunity to connect with chefs I look up to, and it was great being able to receive critiques and pointers from the kitchen and chef judges.”

At the 10th-annual finals in March, Kim will compete against nine other regional winners from across the United States and Canada in front of a panel of food media, distinguished guests and renowned chefs during a three-day cookoff. The overall winner will take the title, up to $22,000 in prizes and a paid apprenticeship from one of the participating chef judges.

“Jennifer is continuing Kendall College’s winning streak with the S.Pellegrino Almost Famous Chef North Central Regional Competition,” says Renee Zonka, RD, CEC, CHE, dean of the Kendall College School of Culinary Arts. “The pressure will be on as she defends the national title at the finals. We’ll all be rooting for her in Napa Valley, but no matter how she fares, we’re extremely proud of Jennifer for representing Kendall College’s leadership in culinary-arts education.”

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, foodservice management and hospitality management to a diverse and passionate community of more than 2200 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. Kendall College was ranked the number one program in Chicago for preparing students for careers in hospitality management and culinary arts in a survey of management at Chicago's leading hotels and Michelin Guide restaurants (ORC International – 2011 Survey). 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), For more information, visit

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