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Feb 28, 2021, 14:12

CAFÉ Update December 21, 2020

21 December 2020

The Three C's

In 2020 Cs that weren't average: Covid-19, Change and Culinary

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The Editor of “The Gold Medal Classroom,” Lisa Parrish, has written a feature article looking back on 2020 and the changes foodservice educators faced. Included in the article are links to both special editions as well as some hopeful and useful looks for the future.

If you missed this month’s issue of GMC, go to and let us know your thoughts on The Three C’s!

Next up? CAFÉ members will have access to lesson plans as a benefit to becoming a member/supporter of CAFÉ!


Starting in January 2021, we are now offering new membership categories. Along with our individual membership we are now offering an institutional membership (for 3 or more memberships from the same institution) and an industry membership. All membership information can be found under our Resource Center on our website.

For current members, membership does not expire until December 31, 2020. After January 1, 2021, the renewal option will be active on the CAFÉ website and you can renew your current membership type at that time with your same login credentials. If you want to convert to one of our new membership and are having difficulty, please do not hesitate to contact Mary Young at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for assistance.

If you are not or are no longer a member of CAFÉ, please consider signing up for a new membership in 2021.

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PS: A benefit of CAFÉ membership is access to “The Journal for Culinary Education Best Practices.” A new issue is now available to members. Enjoy!

CAFÉ 2021 Awards Program

idaho2021 Idaho Potato Commission Innovation Awards

CAFÉ is proud to be partnering with the Idaho Potato Commission (IPC) once again as they sponsor the Innovation Awards for 2021.

This Award recognizes educators and/or programs at both the secondary and postsecondary levels who have shown to be innovative in their approaches to effective culinary arts education.

Click here for more information about the Innovations Award.

Kendall NLU RGB2021 Kendall College Entrepreneurship Award

Thanks to Kendall College for once again sponsoring the Entrepreneurship Award for 2021.

This Award identifies culinary programs that either (1) teach or encourage entrepreneurship in their programming or (2) implement revenue-generation and cost savings into their operations.

Click here for more information about the Entrepreneurship Award.

Sysco web2021 Sysco Educator of the Year Award

Thanks to Sysco for again sponsoring the Educator of the Year Award for 2021! This award is open to secondary and postsecondary educators as well as culinary educators working within the non-profit training sector. There will be two awards given.

For more information about the Educator of the Year Award, click here.

USB2021 Green Award

We are pleased to announce that the 2021 Green Award will be offered to individuals/culinary programs that emphasize sustainability or other “green” aspects in their programs.

This Award is sponsored by the United Soybean Board who is proud to reach out to educators and to recognize their efforts instructing students in the importance of agriculture in their selection of products and designing of menus.

Past winners have implemented aquaculture farms, gardens, farm-to-table menus, waste reduction and more!

For more information about the Green Award, click here.