Illinois Cooking Schools to Benefit from Sip Law

When it comes to alcohol or liquor-based beverages, culinary arts schools in some states are at a disadvantage. State and regional laws can prevent students who are under the legal drinking age from learning about wines, cocktails, and other beverages that are often paired with meals. In Illinois, a new law is soon to be passed that will make culinary arts colleges more competitive with their out of state competition by allowing a ‘sip and spit’ technique for students in cooking schools.

(Market Watch) On May 29, the Illinois Senate passed the “Sip and Spit” bill, which will allow hospitality and culinary students over the age of 18 to legally taste alcoholic beverages in the classroom, as long as they spit the drink out after tasting. Kendall College President Emily Williams Knight has been heavily involved in the legislation process, testifying before the house and senate committee on the benefits of the proposed bill. With the passage of this bill, Illinois hospitality and culinary students will now have the advantage of being better prepared for a variety of food and beverage careers.

“This Academic Sip and Spit legislation — which I expect the Governor to sign into law this summer — will create many jobs in the culinary and hospitality industry across the state,” said Senator Donne Trotter, D-Chicago, the chief sponsor. “The new law will make Kendall College and other Illinois schools with culinary and hospitality programs more competitive with other states.”

Under the bill, Illinois hospitality and culinary students will be allowed to examine the color, clarity, aroma and taste of alcoholic beverages under the supervision of an instructor. As the No. 1 ranked program in Chicago for preparing students for culinary and hospitality …

Read more: Kendall College President Emily Williams Knight Champions Passage of Sip and Spit Bill

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