Kendall College School of Culinary Arts Captures Title in American Culinary Federation Knowledge Bowl Championship

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A team of students representing Kendall College School of Culinary Arts in Chicago captured the first place title in the 2017 National Baron H. Galand Culinary Knowledge Bowl, which took place at the American Culinary Federation’s (ACF) National Convention & Show in Orlando, Florida on July 11.

The Kendall team included Culinary Arts students Brandy Freberg (Alsip, Illinois), Benton Givens (Carmel, Indiana), Joshua Ludwig (Vernon Hills, Illinois) and Nikhil Bendre (Thane, India). Kendall College assistant professor Wook Kang, CEC, CFBE, MCFE, CHEP, ACE, coached the team, and Nelia Salvi was the team’s assistant coach.

Since 2010, Kendall College teams have won the Knowledge Bowl competition four times. The Knowledge Bowl is a “Jeopardy”-style competition that tests students’ expertise in a range of topics, such as culinary, baking, nutrition, safety, sanitation and sensory perception. During the national event, the Kendall team won three rounds to advance to the finals where they then defeated Utah Valley University Culinary Arts Institute.

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