Kendall College Trust Culinary Camp

Designed for Chicago Public high school students, with financial need, who want to broaden their horizons and sharpen their skills in the kitchen.


Kendall College Trust Culinary Camp

The Kendall College Trust (KCT) initiated Culinary Camp in the summer of 2016 as a week-long, immersive overnight camp that brings together promising students from underserved communities. The experience is designed to broaden campers’ horizons in culinary, culture, and community, inviting campers to spend one week bonding with students from other schools while learning valuable career skills. Classes are taught by culinary school faculty in accredited culinary school kitchens in downtown Chicago, an unparalleled experience for future college students with an interest in the Culinary Arts. In the evenings, campers participate in chaperoned cultural excursions all throughout Chicago. At week’s end, students receive a completion certificate and attend a graduation banquet they have prepared for their family.

Kendall College Trust (KCT) is proud to partner with Chicago Public School (CPS) Careers Through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP). The KCT knows bright futures begin with an education, and we are dedicated to providing funding and dynamic programming to foster the industry leaders of tomorrow.


Who are our Campers?

Our campers are a diverse group of students from underserved communities currently enrolled in the Chicago Public School system in the south and west side of Chicago. The students are both male and female ranging from age 13 to 18.

How are they selected?

There are three selection methods utilized by the KCT Culinary Camp. A number of spots are awarded via C-CAP’s junior culinary competition. Students who did not participate in the junior competition can apply to the camp and will go through a selection and interview process. A few spots are made available for CPS students who show great culinary interest and potential but are not part of a district offering C-CAP. These students are recommended to the KCT by academic field recruiters and will undergo a similar selection process to the C-CAP students.

67% of Campers are Female

  • Female
  • Male

54% of Campers are Black

  • Black
  • Hispanic
  • White
  • Asian

Who teaches the camp?

KCT Culinary camps are taught by accredited culinary institute’s faculty and staff as well as a registered nutritionist.

What Skills Will Campers Learn?

  • Introductory knife skills
  • Kitchen sanitation procedures
  • Kitchen terminology
  • How to operate professional kitchen equipment
  • Poultry fabrication
  • Cooking methods: stocks, pastry, sauces, fresh pasta, and pie crust
  • And much more!

Watch the Kendall College Trust Culinary Camp in Action

How can I get Involved?

  • Sponsor a camp
  • Sponsor a camper
  • Donate
  • Volunteer
  • Partner

Each level of sponsorship comes with unique promotional opportunities—press coverage inclusion; inclusion in all KCT-generated promotional and marketing materials; corporate branding opportunities; and more. All donations are tax deductible to the full extent as allowed by law.

To discuss sponsorship opportunities, contact Executive Director Catherine De Orio at

Application for Scholarship to Attend

Currently enrolled Chicago Public High School students with financial need, may apply for a scholarship to attend the summer week-long overnight camp by clicking the button below.

Our Partners

C-CAP – Careers Through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP) is a national non-profit that works with public schools to prepare underserved high school students for college and career opportunities in the restaurant and hospitality industry.

Kendall College at National Louis University Founded in 1934, Kendall is the #1 program in Chicago for preparing students for careers in culinary arts and hospitality management—ranked by Chicago Michelin Guide restaurants and Chicago’s leading hotels (KTNS Survey, 2017). Our degree programs combine a strong academic foundation with transformative practical experience to get students ready for the world.

Robert Morris University Since its inception, Robert Morris University Illinois has focused heavily on application and integration of concepts which allow graduates to meet the expectations and demands of employers.  As one of the largest, private, not for profit colleges in Illinois, RMU prepares students to be practitioners in their chosen fields, socially responsible to their communities, and a foundation for their families.

Washburne Culinary and Hospitality Institute Founded more than 75 years ago, Washburne Culinary & Hospitality Institute is one of the oldest culinary schools in the nation and provides students with the latest culinary and baking techniques, along with essential hands-on experience to ensure they are equipped to work in Chicago’s most successful restaurants, hotels, private clubs and other culinary establishments.