Kendall College Trust https://kendallcollegetrust.org Supporting The Culinary and Hospitality Leaders of Tomorrow Thu, 17 Sep 2020 17:53:05 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.4.2 https://kendallcollegetrust.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/cropped-icon-32x32.jpg Kendall College Trust https://kendallcollegetrust.org 32 32 Natalie Sorensen Summer 2020 Blog https://kendallcollegetrust.org/natalie-sorensen-summer-2020-blog/ Sun, 13 Sep 2020 14:07:01 +0000 https://kendallcollegetrust.org/?p=4373 “We are all faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as impossible situations.” This quote has captured the essence of this past quarter. Before the pandemic had struck, I had opened a small catering business. However, due to covid-19 I knew my business would have to be on hold temporarily. I did not know when I was going to be able to start out again, or how that would even be a possibility.]]>

by Natalie Sorensen, September 13, 2020

“We are all faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as impossible situations.” This quote has captured the essence of this past quarter. Before the pandemic had struck, I had opened a small catering business. However, due to covid-19 I knew my business would have to be on hold temporarily. I did not know when I was going to be able to start out again, or how that would even be a possibility. I decided to wait, and trust that only good would come out of my patience. I remember cooking for my close friends and family and truly missing putting on beautiful events for people.

I was sitting by the lake in July when I had gotten an email from a previous client saying that she had given my number to one of her friends. I got a message asking for a private event in August with contact information attached. I responded immediately and looked at my sister with bright eyes. “It’s happening Sofia!” I trusted that everything would work. I knew it would.

So, the next morning I picked up the phone to give them a call. They wanted me to come to their home to cook for them privately. I asked about their safety precautions during this time, menu ideas, and price point. From there I was able to start creating a beautiful event for them. I had called my trusted partner and sous to see if she was available to help with this event. She immediately said “yes!”

I prepared for a week solid to ensure that everything was absolutely gorgeous. We prepared 6 different canapes, 2 main dishes, and three desserts. There was also truffle and tea service. We had raving reviews from the guests and my clients. We were invited to do 2 more events for them. After this point, I started getting calls from the guests who had attended asking for different services.

I am now preparing for my next event this coming week. I have been creating a birthday party dinner for my client’s daughter. I cannot wait to continue growing my personal business. I am thankful for all the opportunities that have led me to this point. I look forward to my future.

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Marcela Murillo Velazco Summer 2020 Blog https://kendallcollegetrust.org/marcela-murillo-velazco-summer-2020-blog/ Sat, 12 Sep 2020 17:28:30 +0000 https://kendallcollegetrust.org/?p=4390 On December 31st of 2019, I told myself, "2020 will be my year" I had such high expectations for this year, and I was very excited to see what destiny had projected for me. I wanted to grow more as a person and honestly know who I am and where I want to go. I did not expect 2020 to be like this (pandemic and catastrophes), but things happened for a reason.]]>

by Marcela Murillo Velazco, September 12, 2020

On December 31st of 2019, I told myself, “2020 will be my year” I had such high expectations for this year, and I was very excited to see what destiny had projected for me. I wanted to grow more as a person and honestly know who I am and where I want to go. I did not expect 2020 to be like this (pandemic and catastrophes), but things happened for a reason. In many different ways, this pandemic has affected every single person around the globe, so I have tried to reach out to friends and family members to make sure they are doing well. More importantly, their mental health is in a good state and supports them during this challenging time. I have read that during this pandemic, the suicide rate in different countries went up, and the leading causes are from people awaiting test results to depression, anxiety, and stress for losing their job.

During this time, I think being an international student is problematic because, with few friends and almost no family in this country, it is tough to find the motivation to excel in your classes. So I have found my inspiration in photography, and I have wandered the streets of Chicago with my camera. I have also found ways to help the environment. I have reduced meat and milk consumption since cattle are the most significant source of greenhouse gas emissions. Besides taking pictures, I enjoy taking long walks and dancing salsa. Therefore, I have been doing it continually; after a long walk, I dance salsa by the lakefront, making me feel close to home.

To end, I think this pandemic is an experience that has helped us to improve ourselves and prioritize what is essential.

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Randy McInnis Spring 2020 Blog https://kendallcollegetrust.org/randy-mcinnis-spring-2020-blog/ Thu, 02 Jul 2020 17:49:48 +0000 https://kendallcollegetrust.org/?p=4329

by Randy McInnis, June 12, 2020

“Through hardship to the stars,” a saying I use to overcome the battles of life and transcend me further into my success. Another quarter has ended, and I feel great because I have accomplished the Art of patience and the tenacity to excel under pressure. Dating back to when this quarter first started, I had mixed emotions of how I was going to maneuver my online classes and not physically being in a learning environment due to an announced pandemic that paralyzed the economy, especially the educational system. I didn’t know if I would survive in terms of passing my classes, knowing that I am inexperienced in the department of online classes. My advisor Holly helped pick the next best courses so that it wouldn’t be so challenging for me, given the situation. So, the three months journey started, and classes began. I laughed to myself because my professors created an atmosphere in which it felt like I was in class physically. The energy in the virtual classroom was positive, with great discussions and strong argument points. This positive approach to online courses in which the students were very engaging motivated me to reciprocate the right attitude. To be more comfortable minded towards learning despite my discrepancies.

I want to shed light on a course that I found exciting, and that is Philosophy, which was taught by Daniel. I learned about many philosophers and their theories, including Kantian moral laws. While understanding, I realize some of his arguments can relate to racism and immoral actions. On a day-to-day basis, we should do the right actions, so other people can see and perform similar actions. I can share with you a little about Kant’s Universal Law in small detail. He states that act only according to that maxim by which you can, at the same time, will it, so your actions become a universal law. I hope you understand this Universal law, and I implore you to do some more research on this.

In much higher light while being home, I discovered myself and made some improvements in the departments that I was failing. I wouldn’t be able to fix myself on the road every day and go to school because I didn’t know I had issues in this aspect of my life. In saying this, I hope you do the same thing in discovering the negative side of your life so that you can fix it, and the positive side will come naturally. I admire these classes in which they helped me to open my mind and receive some level of wisdom because I had to do some in-depth research on each course.

I learned many other things, such as dietary needs, a class that opened my consciousness in taking care of my body health wise and helping others in terms of cooking healthy and manipulating natural ingredients to create specialized menus for the elderly. I respect all the classes, including my Art class, which gives me a sense of taste on a professional level in presenting myself, which was kind of weird. This informative data impacted my life educationally and mentally, in which I am grateful.

I respect my lectures, professors, and advisors who contributed to the molding of a continuous good man and the time they put in, to deliver such tedious topics. Most of all, I want to thank God for assisting me in the application of absorbing all of this information. Last but not least, I like to thank the Kendall College Trust. The Trust has been the fertilizer to my educational growth. This Fund has greatly assisted me partially in financing this very expensive process of educating me. Without this Fund, it would easily be costing my parents over 1.3 million Jamaican dollars per semester. Moreover, I want to thank the Trust for this wonderful subsidy. There are so many words I can use to express my gratitude towards them, but I will say this; I couldn’t have done it without the help of board members, Catherine and Deb, in keeping me ten toes up and pushing my motivations through this time of hardship. Also, my dad, enthusiastic about being my assistant in completing my classes and sharing my grade as if he was in college, it’s so funny. I will end with, through hardship to the stars and foundation that brought me here.

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Maheen Sohail Spring 2020 Blog https://kendallcollegetrust.org/maheen-sohail-spring-2020-blog/ Tue, 30 Jun 2020 18:29:47 +0000 https://kendallcollegetrust.org/?p=4360 2020 has changed our perspectives in an ordinary manner that we all once did not imagine. We have all struggled together and we shall heal from it as well.]]>

by Maheen Sohail, June 30, 2020

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2020 has changed our perspectives in an ordinary manner that we all once did not imagine. We have all struggled together and we shall heal from it as well.

From already being in a stressful isolation due to the pandemic, losing your job or doing your best to maintain your motivation to attend school, it can take a toll on our mental health. Being an international student, with barely any friends and family was very challenging. However, I feel that it is in these times where we truly discover ourselves and notice the unnoticed.

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I decided to take an initiative to appreciate anyone and everyone around me even if it meant going out of my way to feed a homeless human being. It triggered in my memory of how my friends and I would gather to come together and make dumplings. Therefore, it ignited an idea to put forth that love and appreciation between friends with strangers and possibly new friends.

Furthermore, I dove deep down into what I enjoy doing for my own self. Therefore, I took up skateboarding which had been on my to do list. Moreover, I took up baking breads which was an exciting area to target. I absolutely miss working in the kitchen and hope to soon get back.

I highly believe that we must learn from this experience and realign our lives to what matters the most.

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Alex Kinderman Spring 2020 Blog https://kendallcollegetrust.org/alex-kinderman-spring-2020-blog/ Sat, 27 Jun 2020 18:17:50 +0000 https://kendallcollegetrust.org/?p=4354 2020 has definitely presented itself as a challenging, insane, and dramatic year that is only half way through, but in spite of it I have still tried to move on and keep learning through all of this. One of my biggest learning curves has been learning how to make sourdough bread for the first time! It seems through all the extra free time anyone and everyone was making their starters to use for making sourdough bread and I had to get on the bandwagon.]]>

by Alex Kinderman, June 27, 2020

2020 has definitely presented itself as a challenging, insane, and dramatic year that is only half way through, but in spite of it I have still tried to move on and keep learning through all of this. One of my biggest learning curves has been learning how to make sourdough bread for the first time! It seems through all the extra free time anyone and everyone was making their starters to use for making sourdough bread and I had to get on the bandwagon. I have experimented with different flours, bake times, rise times, and all in all have been using my starter to make sourdough like crazy. I have also gotten to play around with different scoring techniques which can really become an art form within bread making. I’ve also learned starter can be used for many different breads, not just sourdough like I previously thought. I have made pita, pizza dough, focaccia, waffles, and a ton of different recipes with my starter. The neat thing about using one is the sourness and grain forward almost malty flavor notes and aromas you can impart on the bread with it.

One other learning experience for me with all this extra time has been diving back into gardening. I had an old garden plot that I brought back to life with new soil and I even added more to my garden by building some raised beds. Right now I have tomatoes, tomatillos, potatoes, onions, garlic, different greens, brassicas, herbs, corn, sunflowers, squash, melons, nasturtium, root vegetables, and tons more in the list growing in my backyard! It’s very exciting to have a huge garden this year and watching everything grow. I also have the Capstone showcase coming up at the end of this upcoming summer quarter so it could be a great opportunity for my group and I to take advantage of my garden and use some of the ingredients towards what we decide to make and serve in the showcase!

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Prabhshan Gandhi Spring 2020 Blog https://kendallcollegetrust.org/prabhshan-gandhi-spring-2020-blog/ Wed, 24 Jun 2020 17:41:58 +0000 https://kendallcollegetrust.org/?p=4349 This year has been unlike any other.  We are living with circumstances that our generation has never experienced. In today's society, online courses are widely used in colleges providing easy access to course materials, classroom discussions, and feedback to instructors, and we all have had a chance to experience at-least one online class over our time at college.]]>

by Prabhshan Gandhi, June 23, 2020

This year has been unlike any other.  We are living with circumstances that our generation has never experienced. In today’s society, online courses are widely used in colleges providing easy access to course materials, classroom discussions, and feedback to instructors, and we all have had a chance to experience at-least one online class over our time at college.

Online courses and activities may be accessed from any computer, whether it is from the University or from the comfort of your own home. This quarter, we took the classes on zoom which were meant to be taken on campus. I took four online courses this quarter and honestly, I have somewhat benefited from those classes because I had the opportunity to practice what I learned in class. Taking the mixology class really sparked my interest in cocktails that I barely had before. I know it would have been better to take it on campus but being at home it really helped me push the boundaries and try new things. I made my own cocktail bitters and creme de menthe at home and even created four of my very own cocktails recipes. (To check out my project go on my insta-blog @What_shan_eats)

Online learning environments can offer learners opportunities for flexibility, interaction, and collaboration distinctly different from face-to-face learning environments. However, educational technologies also present challenges and concerns in relation to our learning experience.

This quarter is my last before I get my bachelor’s degree in culinary arts. My journey has been very interesting. I was there when Donald Trump became the President. I was there at a time of transition of Kendall College to National Louis Universities. And I was there when this pandemic knocked on our doors. So, I have seen the up’s and down’s- the worst and the best of times. But the only thing that matters in these circumstances is to go with the flow, be focused and remember your goals, to work towards them consistently.

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Being consistent helped me get where I am. I set my goal to achieve the title of the Rising Star Chef of 2020 and become the valedictorian of 2020 almost two years ago. And guess what I bagged both of them. So, never lose hope and never complain. Finish what you started doing and don’t take the easy road. Go through the challenges of life right now to prepare your-self for the difficult times. Because if you do that now, the future will create a smooth path for you to walk on.

As this is my last blog post, I would like to thank my Chef’s and Professors for granting me the best knowledge and sharing their experiences. And also thank the amazing people I have had the opportunity meet and build a lifelong friendship. And of-course the Kendall College Trust board, thank you for believing in me to be worthy of this Scholarship. I hope I lived up to your expectations. I have enjoyed my days at college and created many beautiful memories which I will cherish my whole life.

Stay Safe! Stay Humble!

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Eric Minnis Spring 2020 Blog https://kendallcollegetrust.org/eric-minnis-spring-2020-blog/ Wed, 24 Jun 2020 15:57:30 +0000 https://kendallcollegetrust.org/?p=4346 Covid-19 was the pandemic that shook the modern-day world, it virtually shut down everything! Stores were closed, streets were empty and even countries closed off their borders. As an international student with plans to travel over the spring break to visit family, this pandemic greatly affected my life.]]>

How Did I Deal with Covid-19

by Eric Minnis, June 23, 2020

Covid-19 was the pandemic that shook the modern-day world, it virtually shut down everything! Stores were closed, streets were empty and even countries closed off their borders. As an international student with plans to travel over the spring break to visit family, this pandemic greatly affected my life. My country closed its borders before I was able to travel and I was unable to travel home. Not being able to see my family and having to quarantine myself from the virus greatly took a toll on my well-being.

However, the support that I received from friends, my school, and my family greatly helped me overcome the difficult time. They reminded me that we’re in this together and that as long as the sun comes up, we have another chance at life. Even with the rise of racial tension here in the United States seeing the unity from the school and my peers always kept me in high spirits. The photo attached to this blog was a joint effort between total strangers from various ethnic backgrounds. It is a picture that represents that when all colors come together, with love, harmony, and unity there’s a beautiful resounding peace.

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Natalie Sorensen Spring 2020 Blog https://kendallcollegetrust.org/natalie-sorensen-spring-2020-blog/ Tue, 23 Jun 2020 19:05:38 +0000 https://kendallcollegetrust.org/?p=4332 This has been a very interesting season of life for everyone. It has especially been a unique experience as a student at Kendall. Before the pandemic I was so hopeful to start my sixth block in fine dining, and then transition to internship. The future looked undeniably bright. When the pandemic hit, life as we all knew it shifted. At the beginning of this time, I coped through practicing different techniques at home with the supplies I had.]]>

by Natalie Sorensen, June 23, 2020

This has been a very interesting season of life for everyone. It has especially been a unique experience as a student at Kendall. Before the pandemic I was so hopeful to start my sixth block in fine dining, and then transition to internship. The future looked undeniably bright. When the pandemic hit, life as we all knew it shifted. At the beginning of this time, I coped through practicing different techniques at home with the supplies I had. I focused on recipes and methods that I wanted to improve on. Making bread and tarts has been my absolute favorite. The kitchen brought a lot of comfort.

As we moved further into the pandemic, I really got involved in nutrition, fitness, and exploring nature. This helped me greatly and inspired me as well. While this has been a challenging time, I am very thankful. I am very grateful for my amazing teachers, fellow students, friends, and family. This time has really taught me to live in the present moment, and how to fully embrace it. My favorite class this quarter was my beverage course. I was able to meet new classmates, learn about beverages in depth, and learn through a new platform. Seeing familiar faces from Kendall made me smile and is something that I look forward to. Through the most challenging times in life, great light can be found.

Here are some photos I have taken during quarantine! Thank you!

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Maheen Sohail Winter 2020 Blog https://kendallcollegetrust.org/maheen-sohail-winter-2020-blog/ Fri, 27 Mar 2020 17:51:56 +0000 https://kendallcollegetrust.org/?p=4297 In a hustle and bustle of restaurants, latest trends and new foods emerging, we can often get lost. So let's trace our steps back and go back to The Garden.]]>

The Garden

by Maheen Sohail, March 27, 2020

In a hustle and bustle of restaurants, latest trends and new foods emerging, we can often get lost. So let’s trace our steps back and go back to The Garden.

As chefs it is very important for us to know where our ingredients come from, how we can cherish them and learn to grow our own. Amidst the tension of the pandemic that we are currently dealing with, I have decided to utilise my time.  I have been reading up about various ingredients I can grow on my own and how I can use them to create different dishes. During my visit to the MCA museum, I came across an interesting way to grow our produce. It is called a modern sprout hydro grow kit. Simply put, hydroponic gardening is a method of growing plants without soil. It’s a way to nurture a huge variety of edible plants (think herbs, veggies, even some fruits) indoors all year round, regardless of what Mother Nature is doing outside your door. This is a great way for those of us who live in apartments and have limited access to the garden and natural sunlight. I recently purchased indoor led sunlight which has let my plants grow very well.

Moreover, I plan to volunteer my time at farms this year to learn more about growing my own produce and sustaining the ingredients.

Images below:
-Dragon Fruit Sorbet
-Modern Bouillabaisse
-Red Quinoa Crusted Shrimp
-Lemon Cheesecake
-Peppers growing

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Jayme Marsh Winter 2020 Blog https://kendallcollegetrust.org/jayme-marsh-winter-2020-blog/ Wed, 25 Mar 2020 17:37:49 +0000 https://kendallcollegetrust.org/?p=4292 What an odd time it is to be completing my internship. A week ago, the leadership team at the bakery I work at made the decision to close until further notice due to the Covid-19 outbreak. I first felt relieved and proud at the news -- that we had decided to do what was safe for our staff and customers.]]>

by Jayme Marsh, March 25, 2020

What an odd time it is to be completing my internship. A week ago, the leadership team at the bakery I work at made the decision to close until further notice due to the Covid-19 outbreak. I first felt relieved and proud at the news — that we had decided to do what was safe for our staff and customers. As the days passed by, the heavy reality of the situation crept in. It is challenging to not be consumed by the news, by fears for my family, for my coworkers, for myself. If working in food wasn’t precarious enough as it is, the current global health situation has exacerbated it in incalculable ways.

Many of my coworkers cannot depend on unemployment, are the sole source of income in their households, or have young children to support. As unsettling as all of this is, I have found the hospitality community in Chicago to be so supportive during these times. Every day, there is a new fundraiser for food service workers who are currently out of work. Restaurants across the city are finding ways to distribute meals and groceries to those in need. Community and food always go hand in hand, and I am really reminded of this during these times. If I have certainty about anything right now, it’s that I love working in the food industry and being part of such a special community. The ending of my internship was abrupt and unexpected, but every day I am excited about the prospect of getting back into the kitchen and baking again. What more could I ask for?

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