The Chef’s Academy North Carolina Campus Announces Its Inaugural Commencement Ceremony

First Graduating Class of Local Culinary Institute to be Honored in April.

Raleigh, NC, March 22, 2013 --( The Chef’s Academy (, the Culinary Division of Harrison College, a 110-year-old, nationally accredited institution that offers more than 40 degree programs in five schools of study, has announced that the school will host its inaugural commencement ceremony Saturday, April 6 at 10 a.m. at the Perimeter Studio & Conference Center, located at 1100 Perimeter Park Dr., Suite 118 in Morrisville, N.C. The first graduating class will consist of approximately 20 excited, prepared and marketable graduates of culinary arts and pastry arts.

Chef Keith Rhodes, executive chef and owner of Catch, a restaurant located in Wilmington, N.C., has been named as the 2013 commencement speaker. Rhodes, known for his upscale, low-country cuisine mixed with worldly influences and unique plating presentations, will address the Morrisville campus’ first graduating class as they prepare to embark on their own culinary adventures. A James Beard Foundation semifinalist for Best Chef Southeast and a Season 9 contestant on Bravo TV’s Top Chef Texas, Rhodes participated in The Chef’s Academy’s 2nd Annual Triangle Chef Showdown competition.

“I am extremely excited to announce and celebrate our inaugural 2013 graduating class,” said Chef Jeffrey Bane, campus president and national dean for The Chef’s Academy in Morrisville. “It is incredibly important that we provide our graduates with a proper send-off as they prepare to pursue their culinary and pastry careers in the United States and abroad. Chef Rhodes sets an excellent example for our graduates to follow and I am looking forward to the inspiration and guidance he will provide to our very first class of graduates.”

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The Chef’s Academy is the Culinary Division of Harrison College, a 110-year-old, nationally accredited institution that offers more than 40 degree programs in five schools of study. More than 5,000 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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