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The Chef’s Academy Hosts White House Business Council Roundtable

Local Culinary Institution Welcomes U.S. Department of Agriculture Deputy Secretary to Discussion on North Carolina Food Economy

Raleigh, NC, June 06, 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 it will host a White House Business Council roundtable discussion with U.S. Department of Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen A. Merrigan on Wednesday, June 6 at the school’s Morrisville campus. The event, held in conjunction with Business Forward North Carolina, an organization dedicated to supporting policies that promote America’s economic competitiveness, will focus on the local food economy in North Carolina and include input from area producers, consumers and food entrepreneurs.

Since April 2011, the White House Business Council has hosted more than 500 events with business owners and community leaders in all 50 states, Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico. These events aim to gather feedback from thought leaders on how to build a strong American economy that promotes business success.

Business Forward North Carolina aims to support policies that promote America’s economic competitiveness, as well as health care and educational reform, energy independence and environmental protection. For more information on Business Forward North Carolina, visit

“As part of the booming food economy in North Carolina, The Chef’s Academy is committed to supporting local growers and restaurateurs as they strive to increase the business profile of the state,” said Jayson M. Boyers, national division president of The Chef’s Academy. “We recognize that part of moving the state forward is starting conversations with leaders in the USDA and other organizations, and we hope to let the public know that this area is on the cutting edge of both food and economic innovation.”

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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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