The Chicago-based food marketing firm Olson Communications has handed out grants to recognize the achievements of two the city’s culinary educators its Chefs of Tomorrow program.
Chef instructor at the Kendall College School of Culinary Arts Dana Cox was awarded $1,500. Cox said she will use the money to visit heirloom-gram farms in the Illinois and South Carolina region to research her new book about eating a year on only foods grown on family farms.Johnson & Wales graduate Tai Sellers, who now teaches culinary arts at George Washington High School in Chicago received $1,500 in grant money which she will use for additional cooking instruction in Italy this summer. Sellers said it’s important that teachers bring a vast array of experiences to their culinary students.To celebrate its 20th Anniversary, Olson Communications said that it will be offering up to $20,000 in grant money to local culinary students next year. The company said the grants will focus on the benefits of student learning for careers in the food industry. The Bureau of Labor Statistics job opportunities for those with a postsecondary degree from culinary school on their resume are expected to be good through 2018.