HYDE PARK, NY [March 31, 2016]—Edlong Dairy Technologies, a global designer and manufacturer of dairy flavors and ingredients headquartered in Chicago, IL, has made a major gift to The Culinary Institute of America to educate the flavor scientists of tomorrow. The company has endowed a scholarship fund for students majoring in Culinary Science at the college. Beginning this spring, two standout students per year who have reached junior class standing will each receive $5,000 towards their studies.
“Partnering with the CIA’s Culinary Science program gives Edlong another opportunity to live our mission, creating a legacy that enriches the lives of these talented students,” says Edlong Dairy Technologies President and CEO Laurette Rondenet-Smith. “Every day, we combine the art of culinary creativity with the science of food technology. Supporting the education of tomorrow’s culinary scientists is a natural fit.”
The scholarship is named in memory of Ms. Rondenet-Smith’s father, Eugene L. Rondenet, who joined Edlong in the 1960s and eventually became its sole owner. The business was founded in 1914 by Edward Long, a supplier of flavors and fragrances to Midwestern bakeries.
“The Culinary Institute of America is grateful to Edlong for recognizing the importance of flavor science and science education as a whole for the future of culinary arts,” says Dr. Victor Gielisse, CIA vice president of advancement and business development. “Science is such an integral part of what today’s culinarians are required to know, and Edlong will be helping numerous CIA students in the coming years further their culinary science knowledge.”
Culinary Science launched as a major at the CIA’s New York campus in 2013. It is one of three bachelor’s degree majors students can pursue—along with Management and Applied Food Studies—after completing associate degree studies in Culinary Arts or Baking & Pastry Arts. The program is built on the CIA’s foundation of core culinary techniques and traditions, and consists of junior- and senior-year studies. The major prepares graduates for successful careers in the world’s most advanced restaurants and in the research kitchens of leading foodservice companies.
About The Culinary Institute of America
Founded in 1946, The Culinary Institute of America is the world’s premier culinary college. Dedicated to driving leadership development for the foodservice and hospitality industry, the independent, not-for-profit CIA offers associate degrees in culinary arts and baking and pastry arts; bachelor’s degree majors in management, culinary science, and applied food studies; and executive education through its Food Business School. Its conferences and consulting services have made the CIA the think tank of the food industry in the areas of health & wellness, sustainability, world cuisines & cultures, and professional excellence & innovation. The college also offers certificate programs and courses for professionals and enthusiasts. Its worldwide network of 48,000 alumni includes leaders in every area of foodservice and hospitality. The CIA has campuses in New York, California, Texas, and Singapore. For more information, visit www.ciachef.edu.
Edlong Dairy Technologies is the global food industry’s most comprehensive resource for dairy flavor technologies. Founded in 1914, the company assists customers at every stage of product development, offering technical collaboration, formulation expertise and customized solutions. It also develops and markets cheese, butter, milk, cream, cultured, sweet dairy and masking and mouthfeel flavors, backed by personal, responsive, reliable service. Edlong is a certified Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) through the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC). edlong.com