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The Chef’s Academy Names Chef Rene J. Marquis as 2012 Commencement Speaker

Culinary Institution Welcomes Military Master Chef to Deliver Commencement Address

Indianapolis, IN, April 07, 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 Chef Rene J. Marquis, CEC, CCE, PCEC, CCA, AAC, as the 2012 commencement speaker. A military master chef, Marquis will provide the commencement address to the 48 graduates of the December 2011 and March 2012 classes on Saturday, April 21 at 10:30 a.m. at the University of Indianapolis’ Ransburg Auditorium, located in Esch Hall at 1400 East Hanna Ave. in Indianapolis. One of the highest certified chefs in the U.S. military, Marquis will address graduates on the topic of “What is in your future? You will never know!”

A native of Lewiston, Maine, Marquis graduated with an associate degree from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, N.Y., serving in various hospitality industry positions before joining the U.S. Army in 1994. His military career has led him to locales in Florida, Hawaii, New York, Virginia and Washington, D.C. Marquis is a two-time winner of Virginia’s Iron Chef Challenge, and a winner of the Freedom Chef Challenge. He also triumphed over Iron Chef Hiroyuki Sakai in an Iron Chef competition in Osaka, Japan. A member of both the American Academy of Chefs and the American Culinary Federation, Marquis is currently an enlisted aide for U.S. Special Operations Command at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Fla.

“Chef Marquis sets an excellent example for our graduates to follow,” said Jayson Boyers, national division president of The Chef’s Academy. “His service to our country and the culinary industry is outstanding, and I look forward to the inspiration that he will provide graduates of The Chef’s Academy as they prepare to pursue their careers in the United States and abroad.”

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- Marquis has held various positions in the Army, ranging from being the personal chef to top military officials, to manager of dining facilities in the United States, to teaching aspiring chefs.

- Marquis is a certified American Culinary Federation judge, one of only four in the U.S. military.

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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