The Culinary Professional, co-authored by Christopher Koetke, MBA, CEC, CCE, vice president of culinary-arts programs for Laureate International Universities and dean of Kendall College's School of Culinary Arts in Chicago, and John Draz, executive research chef of Ed Miniat Inc. in South Holland, Ill., won the Literature Text Book Culinary Academy Award from the 2009-2010 Cordon d'Or--Gold Ribbon Culinary Academy Awards.
Koetke and Draz, along with recipients of other award categories, will be honored by Noreen Kinney, founder and president of the St. Petersburg, Fla.-based Cordon d'Or--Gold Ribbon Culinary Academy Awards at a reception on April 30 at The Don CeSar Resort in St. Pete Beach, Fla.
The Culinary Professional, published in 2009 by Goodheart-Willcox, is an introductory textbook developed for students in grades 9 through 12 as well as the first two years of postsecondary training. It offers explanations of culinary techniques, identification of the equipment and foods used in a professional kitchen and an introduction to the knowledge and skills needed to work in and manage a foodservice operation. The book also explores the vast range of opportunities encompassing traditional and emerging food careers.