Kendall College Trust appoints Catherine De Orio as Executive Director

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Host of Check, Please! and former Kendall student brings decorated culinary background to new post.

The Kendall College Trust announced today the appointment of Catherine De Orio as its Executive Director. Ms. De Orio brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to this position. As the well known television host of the Emmy-award winning dining show, Check, Please!, she brings significant contacts within the culinary and hospitality industry, both locally and nationally. Ms. De Orio is also a published lifestyle writer, culinary consultant and former litigation attorney. Having attended culinary classes at Kendall College and having lived and worked abroad, she brings a unique skill set to her new role with the Kendall College Trust.

Ms. De Orio is thrilled to accept this new position. "I am looking forward to joining the Kendall College Trust and to help future students receive the same opportunities that Kendall College brought to me."

Penny Brown, President of the Kendall College Trust agrees. "On behalf of the Board of Trustees of the Kendall College Trust, I can say that we are thrilled to have Catherine assume the position as Executive Director. We are confident that the breadth of her experience coupled with her passion for the Trust's mission will allow the Trust to increase the impact it has on students’ lives." Emily Williams Knight, President of Kendall College, said, “We are very excited to have Catherine joining the Trust. The work that she will do along with the board of trustees brings much needed financial assistance to our students, helping them to fulfill their dreams and be better prepared for success in their careers.”

David Manilow, Creator and Executive Producer of Check, Please! said, "Catherine is so warm, welcoming, smart and diligent that working for an outstanding organization like the Kendall College Trust seems like the perfect pairing to me. I'm sure she'll do great things."

About The Kendall College Trust
The Kendall College Trust is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization that provides scholarships to culinary and hospitality students attending Kendall College in financial need. In the past four years, it has awarded over a $1,000,000 in scholarships to deserving students.
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About Kendall College
Kendall College, founded in 1934, is located in Chicago, Illinois and is a member of Laureate International Universities, a network of more than 75 accredited campus-based and online institutions in 30 countries throughout North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East. More than 900,000 students study at Laureate schools. Kendall offers undergraduate degrees in culinary arts, hospitality management, business and early childhood education to a diverse community of more than 1,650 students. 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 (TNS Global – 2013 Survey). Kendall College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA),; 1-312-263-0456. For more information, visit

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