The Chef’s Academy Hosts Fourth Annual Clash of the Tailgaters Cooking Competition

Culinary Institution’s Students, Local Restaurants to Battle for Culinary Supremacy on Sept. 14

Indianapolis, IN, August 16, 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 its fourth annual Clash of the Tailgaters event on Friday, Sept. 14 at 644 E. Washington Street. Clash of the Tailgaters is an annual charity culinary showdown that features two divisions – student teams from The Chef’s Academy’s competing against one another, as well as local restaurant professionals facing off to determine the top tailgating talent in the area. Admission is a minimum $10 donation, with proceeds benefiting the Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana. Competitors will begin preparing their dishes at 7:30 a.m. and will have until 11 a.m. to finish their entries for evaluation by a local celebrity judge panel. The event will be open to the public from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. During this time, attendees may participate in a tasting and then vote for the people’s choice award winner.

Thirty teams of The Chef’s Academy’s students and graduates, along with 10 restaurant teams, will compete in three divisions consisting of chicken-, beef- and pork-based dishes. The first wave of competing restaurants includes: 14 West, Iozzo’s Garden of Italy, the School Nutrition Association, St. Elmo Steak House, and Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery. Sun King Brewery, a local brewing company, will sell beer during the event for $5 per beer, with $2 of each sale going directly to Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana. For more information about Clash of the Tailgaters, visit

“Our students are ready to square off against their peers, and Indianapolis’ most seasoned restaurateurs are preparing to compete against one another for our fourth annual Clash of The Tailgaters,” said Jayson M. Boyers, national division president of The Chef’s Academy. “As part of September’s Hunger Action Month, a national movement of food banks to end domestic hunger, the event will benefit Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana, an organization that works tirelessly to eradicate hunger in the Hoosier state. The competition will give our students a chance to test their skills, and will help bring people together for a day of food and fun. We invite Indianapolis to join The Chef’s Academy as we crown another local culinary champion.”

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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 4,500 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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