The School of Business at Kendall College announced today that it has partnered with the Chicago-based school’s culinary arts school to create a new curriculum for students. The school now offers a Bachelor of Arts in Business with a concentration in culinary arts degree, designed to give students a competitive edge over others in the foodservice business.

The program will be in addition to the School of Business’ focused management concentration.

“For someone who wants to go more into the business aspect of foodservice, this would be a great way of getting the hands-on experience,” says Monika Czehak, director of marketing for Kendall College. “But it’s also designed for people who already have a background in foodservice.”

Specifically, she says, the program is suited for those who want to parlay their foodservice experience into a management position.

“It’s learning by immersion,” Czehak says. “How can you manage someone without knowing what’s really going on in the kitchen?”

Students enrolled in the program will learn introductory culinary skills including how to make stocks and sauces, how to run the store room, how to meet sanitation standards, and how to maintain a nutritious menu.

At the conclusion of the program, students will create an integrated senior project where they design and launch a new business establishment—from developing a business plan to marketing the product.

Certificate classes are designed for working adults and are held in the evenings and on weekends. The first round of students began the program this summer.

Since 1962, Kendall College has been preparing students for leadership positions within the services industries.

–Blair Chancey