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Kendall College is ranked #1 in Chicago for preparing students for careers in culinary arts and hospitality management. (TNS Global - 2013 Survey)


93% of Kendall June 2014 graduates reported being employed in their field within 6 months of graduation.


With more than 700 hotels, 7,300 restaurants and world-class convention centers, Chicago is a global hub for the hospitality industry.

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Chef Thomas Meyer

Chef Thomas Meyer

School of Culinary Arts

Chef Thomas Meyer's twenty plus years of foodservice experience includes executive and leadership positions at Omni Orrington Hotel, Royal Melbourne Hotel, The American Club, as well as for Crate and Barrel Company. Prior to Kendall, he was the Executive Chef of Don's Finest Foods, an Exclusive gourmet store and caterer of Lake Forest. Chef Meyer holds certificates from Harper College, and the Richmont Craft School of Lucerne, Switzerland. Chef Meyer has continued his personal and professional education by attending culinary schools in Chicago and Oaxaca, Mexico, which has enhanced his culinary profile.

John Laloganes

John Laloganes

School of Hospitality Management

John Laloganes earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management from the University of Wisconsin–Stout and completed a Master’s Degree in Vocational Education in Human Resource Development from the University of Minnesota. Mr. Laloganes, a sommelier, has authored the book, Essentials of Wine with Food Pairing Techniques. His latest book, The Beverage Manager's Guide to Wines, Beers and Spirits was released in January 2012 and awarded the “Best Wine Book for Professionals in the United States” in 2013 by the Gourmand International Book Awards.

Rob Watson

Rob Watson

International School of Business

Rob holds a B.S. in Management as well as an MBA in Marketing from Florida A&M University and has been a professor at Kendall for over two years. Working for both entertainment and music publishing firms as well as the worlds largest medical technology company, Rob has over 9 years experience in marketing and product management.

Dr. Paul Busceni

Dr. Paul Busceni

School of Early Childhood Education

Dr. Paul T. Busceni joined Kendall College as dean of the School of Education in 2007. As both teacher and administrator of K-12 throughout his 16-year career, one of his continued goals has been to inspire teachers and engage learners. Paul graduated from Northern Illinois University in 1991 with a B.S. in Economics. He attended Roosevelt University for graduate school and received an M.A. in 1996 and a doctorate in 2000 in Educational Leadership and Organizational Change.

Bakeshop Facilities

Kendall has three pastry kitchens and a chocolate and sugar kitchen, enabling students to gain hands-on mixing, shaping and baking techniques while building on their creative design capabilities.

Commercial-Grade<br />Bakeshop Facilities

The Dining Room
at Kendall College

The fine dining restaurant at Kendall is an extraordinary working classroom that provides advanced student chefs the opportunity to gain real-world experience in a professionally-run, fine dining atmosphere under supervision of Kendall's seasoned faculty. The Dining Room at Kendall College seats up to 200 guests, is Michelin-Guide Recommended and features majestic views of downtown Chicago, IL.

The Dining Room<br />at Kendall College

The Daily Grind

Kendall's coffee shop is located in the newly renovated lobby and is run by students. The Daily Grind serves specialty coffees and pastries made by our very own Baking and Pastry students.

The Daily Grind


Our large auditorium features a large demo kitchen as well as a projector with recording cameras. We use this space for large classes and for events such as capstone presentations, competitions and award ceremonies. Guests can also rent this room for demos and meetings.


Skyline Room

Our Skyline Room features loft space for events such as weddings, banquets, business meetings and social events. Hospitality students have the the opportunity to interview and work for our events team. Positions for students include banquet captain, marketing assistant, servers, bartenders and culinary assistants. You will work in one of the many events spaces we have on campus, including the the Skyline Room, Wine Room and The Riverwalk.

Skyline Room

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