Universidad del Valle de México is committed to preserving the ancient culinary tradition of Mexican Gastronomy, which was recognized by UNESCO as a Cultural Heritage of Humanity. For this reason, Universidad del Valle de México worked with Kendall College, one of the most prestigious culinary arts schools in the United States, to create the Bachelor of Arts Degree in International Gastronomy. For Chef Christopher Koetke, Vice President of Laureate International Universities' Center of Excellence in Culinary Arts, "The UVM/Kendall program can be summed up with three basic words: passion, discipline and intensity. A love and passion for food; a discipline to transform that passion into a profession; and an intensity at the moment of learning theory and putting it into practice".
On the announcement of the national launch of the program, Chef Alejandro Heredia commented "these types of programs are so necessary for students to become real culinary arts professionals; there are some other programs, but I believe this new program will provide students with the "real life" experience".
Representing the most prestigious Tourism, Hospitality and Gastronomy Schools in Mexico were Sergio Carvallo, Alejandrina Lopez and Maria Estela Omaña (UVM Mexico), Christopher Koetke (Kendall College USA) and Ricardo Garcia-Viana (UEM Spain).
The new program will start next semester on UVM's Lomas Verdes, Toluca, Cuernavaca, and Villahermosa Campuses.