Kendall College and PRO ECUADOR to Debut “Ecuadorian Week” on Campus

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Chef Carlos Gallardo and La Universidad de Las Americas in Quito, Ecuador will demonstrate recipes of Ecuadorian origin as part of week-long celebration.

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During the week of July 21st, Kendall College and PRO ECUADOR will transform Kendall’s campus into an Ecuadorian themed hot spot, with an Ecuadorian Gastronomy Demo and Networking Reception, a VIP dinner with Ecuador Ambassador Nathalie Cely Suárez, an Ecuadorian episode of The Dining Room’s “Monday Night Dining Series” and Ecuadorian themed menus in the school’s cafeteria.

“We’re thrilled to be partners with PRO ECUADOR to bring this unique experience to our campus and our students,” says Kendall College President Emily Williams Knight. “Bringing a rich, cultural experience to our campus is what Kendall is all about and that’s reflected in our growing number of international students.”

Chef Carlos Gallardo, along with six other instructors and several students from Kendall’s sister school, Universidad de Las Americas in Quito, Ecuador, will headline the events of the week with a demonstration of recipes of Ecuadorian origin. Guests of the event will sample the recipes and participate in a question and answer session with the chefs to discuss how they will be able to incorporate these influences into the kitchen.

"PRO ECUADOR, the official agency to promote Ecuadorian exports and attract investments to Ecuador, is delighted initiate this series of events known as "Semana del Ecuador/Week of Ecuador" in the Windy City, with the presence of our Ambassador, H.E. Nathalie Cely, and the Executive Director of PRO ECUADOR, thanks to the strategic partnership with Kendall College and its sister school in Ecuador, UDLA,” says Trade Commissioner of Ecuador in Chicago, Borys Mejia. “Our goal is to promote the greatness and excellence of Ecuadorian gastronomy and to raise awareness about our beautiful Ecuador, the most diverse country in the planet and the Week of Ecuador will provide the best platform to accomplish them both.”

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Kendall College, founded in 1934, is located in Chicago and is a member of the Laureate International Universities network. Kendall offers undergraduate degrees in business, culinary arts, early childhood education and hospitality management to a diverse and passionate community of more than 1,650 students. The curriculum combines strong academics with practical experience and international educational opportunities that help give students in business, hospitality and culinary arts programs the skills and expertise to be leaders in their professions. Kendall College was ranked the number one program in Chicago for preparing students for careers in hospitality management and culinary arts in a survey of management at Chicago's leading hotels and Michelin Guide restaurants (ORC International – 2011 Survey). The American Culinary Federation Education Foundation Accrediting Commission has accredited the Culinary Arts associate program since 1988 and the Baking and Pastry associate program since 2008. Kendall College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA),; 312-263-0456. For more information, visit

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