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Feb 28, 2021, 13:20

CAFÉ Update January 11, 2021

15 January 2021



January GMC 2021 Cover

Updates include a most-incredible January issue of “The Gold Medal Classroom” which contains professional development opportunities you can enjoy right from your home office as well as an incredible array of resources for your students and classrooms.

Go to for this month’s issue which includes some very interesting columns including a new voice, Chef Amanda Miller who discusses mentoring female students who need help finding their kitchen voice! And Chef Adam Weiner talks about teaching the concepts and realty of profit in foodservice; and of course, Chef Paul Sorgule has inspirational thoughts as we go into the new year.

cafe podcast logo finalHave you been able to listen to any/all of the CAFÉ Talks Podcasts? Season 2 is well under way (a new podcast is posted every two weeks). Go to to sign up for these FREE podcasts.

The variety of interviews is intriguing but what we are doing to make these more meaningful to educators is to create lesson plans to go along with each topic area covered (and there are a lot of them!)

A sample lesson plan was provided by Chef Michael Carmel on the topic of how to teach flavors. View the lesson plan here.

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


You can join as an individual; you can join as an institution; you can join as an industry partner.

Benefits include the above-mentioned Lesson Plans; discounts to CAFÉ events; and access to “The Journal for Culinary Education Best Practices.”

To join (and we hope you do!!), go to:

If you were a prior member and would like to renew your current membership, please go to and login to renew your current membership.

If you want to transfer from a previous Individual Membership to an Institutional Membership, please review the following instructions here.

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.