Three Illinois high-school students—coached by Kendall College’s School of Culinary Arts—earned the distinction of top culinary team in America at the recent national Culinary Arts STAR (Students Taking Action with Recognition) competition during the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America’s (FCCLA) 2009 National Leadership Conference in Nashville.
The national Culinary Arts STAR event recognizes students enrolled in high-school occupational culinary-arts/foodservice-training programs for their ability to work as members of a team to produce a quality meal using techniques and equipment typical of foodservice. Forty-one teams, consisting of finalists in statewide cookoffs, represented their respective states at this year’s competition.
Students making up the winning Illinois team were trained by Michel Coatrieux, adjunct coordinator and chef-instructor at Kendall College’s School of Culinary Arts, which serves as an official partner with FCCLA at state and national levels. In addition to their gold medals as a result of their win in Nashville, Kendall College offered the three first-place Illinois students up to $42,000 each in scholarships for the entire, four-year Bachelor of Arts in Culinary Arts degree program (or, up to $3,500 per quarter). All other students who participated in the FCCLA competition at the national level were offered up to $9,000 each for the same program (or, up to $750 per quarter).