Christopher Koetke, Dean of Kendall College’s School of Culinary Arts, visits Universidad del Valle de Mexico (UVM)


Chris Koetke at UVM

Chef Christopher Koetke, Dean of Kendall College’s School of Culinary Arts and Vice President of Laureate’s Center of Excellence in Culinary Arts, recently visited students and faculty at the San Rafael, Lomas Verdes, Tlalpan, Toluca, Monterrey, and Guadalajara campuses of Universidad del Valle de México (UVM). During his visits he delivered cooking demonstrations, shared his love of teaching, perspective on future trends in the culinary arts, and his thoughts on the importance of Mexican cuisine in the United States.

In addition to providing a demonstration and speaking with students, Chef Koetke was on hand to share information on his institution, Kendall College, with UVM’s students and to help promote the exciting agreement between Kendall and UVM that extends opportunities for UVM students to spend a year in Chicago. According to Chef Koetke, “The Kendall program is intense and we teach our students to be intense, to love what they do and to be successful. This program is a great opportunity for Laureate’s Mexican students to see firsthand the positive and exciting impact their cuisine is having around the world.”

Koetke further noted the impact of Mexican cuisine and culture on Chicago being so large that Chicago has proclaimed 2010 as the Year of Mexico in recognition of Mexico’s bicentennial. Kendall College will be actively participating in the celebration through organizing cultural and culinary events starting in May.

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