The Chef’s Academy Instructor Among Nine Worldwide to Receive 2011 Wines of Australia Scholarship

Mary Margaret McCamic to Represent United States as Top Scorer in Wine and Spirit Education Trust Diploma

Raleigh, NC, March 17, 2012 --( The Chef’s Academy (, the Culinary Division of Harrison College, a 110-year-old, nationally accredited institution that offers 40 degree programs in five schools of study, has announced that Mary Margaret McCamic, instructor of wine and communication studies, has been awarded the prestigious Wines of Australia Scholarship. The overall top-scoring graduates of the Wine & Spirit Education Trust’s (WSET) Diploma of Wine and Spirits (DWS) program of study in five markets—Canada, United States, Europe, Asia/Pacific, and Ireland—are awarded the scholarship by Wines of Australia. McCamic completed her DWS studies, the highest level offered through WSET, in September and based upon her overall results, was the nation’s top scorer to earn the designation as Wines of Australia’s 2011 United States representative.

McCamic is among nine scholarship recipients worldwide who will gain a unique insight into the Australian wine industry with an eight-day study excursion starting on Sunday, March 18. Prior to receiving the competitive award, McCamic earned her bachelor’s degree in English and creative writing and her master’s degree in teaching from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. As she was settling into her career as a high school English teacher, McCamic developed a passion for wine, leading her to study at New York City’s International Wine Center in Manhattan, where she completed her WSET wine courses, one of the most challenging courses of wine study in the United States.

“I am truly grateful to be given this remarkable opportunity to learn about the Australian wine community and to grow as a professional,” said McCamic. “The Wines of Australia Scholarship will provide me with new knowledge that will allow me to enhance my teaching at The Chef’s Academy, contributing significantly to the success of the organization and its students.”

“At The Chef’s Academy, we are so proud that Mary Margaret’s hard work has been honored with this accolade and that she will now have the opportunity to participate in this educational trip,” said Jayson Boyers, national division president of The Chef’s Academy. “I am excited that our students will be able to reap the reward of Mary Margaret’s experience.”

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- The Wines & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) was founded in 1969 to offer students quality education and preparation in wines and spirits through a combination of course work assignments, blind tastings, closed-book essays, multiple-choice exams, and hand-written tasting notes.

- Originally from Raleigh, McCamic resides in Chapel Hill, N.C.

- McCamic’s experience in the wine industry began in New York City, where she most notably managed the cellars at Balthazar, a French restaurant, and worked at Wineberry, a Manhattan-based importer and distributor.

About The Chef’s Academy:
The Chef’s Academy is the Culinary Division of Harrison College, a 110-year-old, nationally accredited institution that offers 40 degree programs in five schools of study. More than 6,000 students altogether are enrolled at Harrison College’s 12 campuses, its online division and The Chef’s Academy. Headquartered in Indianapolis, The Chef’s Academy opened a second academy on a 4.37-acre campus in North Carolina’s Triangle in August 2011. At The Chef’s Academy, students become prepared and marketable graduates entering the fields of culinary arts, pastry arts, and hospitality and restaurant management through classroom and experiential instruction that sets up expectations for the real-life industry. The college’s culinary division provides an environment that fosters students’ passion for culinary arts and hospitality and a curriculum developed by the most qualified instructors and leaders in the market. The Chef’s Academy is endorsed and accredited by the American Culinary Federation (ACF). For more information about The Chef’s Academy, visit

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