The Chef’s Academy Announces 2013 Top Teen Talent Scholarship Competition

High School Students Compete to Earn a Full Tuition Scholarship to Local Culinary Institution.

Raleigh, NC, March 27, 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 be launching the 2013 Top Teen Talent Scholarship Competition, a competition for students who are juniors and seniors in high school throughout the United States and the District of Columbia. The winner of the fun, yet competitive talent competition will receive a full tuition scholarship to study at The Chef's Academy at either the Indiana or North Carolina campus.

To enter, students must select the category in which they would like to compete: culinary arts or pastry arts. They must then complete a scholarship application on The Chef’s Academy website that includes an essay and recipe submission, as well as photos of their culinary or pastry creation. Students must submit entries by Monday, April 8, at which point the submissions will be posted on The Chef’s Academy Facebook page for the public’s vote. Public voting will end Monday, May 13 at midnight EST, and the students with the top five most popular submissions in each category will advance to the second phase of the competition.

In phase two, finalists will compete in a Top Chef-style cook-off competition held at The Chef’s Academy’s Morrisville Campus, located at 2001 Carrington Mill Blvd., Morrisville, N.C., on June 15, where they will prepare a menu issued in advance by The Chef’s Academy. A judging panel of local professionals and culinary instructors will determine the winners.

The first place recipient will receive a full tuition scholarship to attend The Chef’s Academy for his or her desired program. The second place finalist will receive a $5,000 scholarship towards his or her tuition. The remaining eight finalists will each receive $1,000 scholarships.

"Two years after opening our doors in North Carolina, the first graduating class of The Chef's Academy in Morrisville is gearing up for commencement," said Chef Jeffrey Bane, campus president and national dean for The Chef’s Academy. "Watching these students turn into marketable culinary experts has made us even more excited to connect with the next generation of upcoming talent in our industry. We are looking forward to reviewing submissions from a large pool of motivated applicants who are eager to advance their culinary abilities by competing in this exciting opportunity."

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- A scholarship applicant is limited to submitting an application in one category only.

- Essays will run a maximum of 300 words stating why the applicant would like to study his or her program of choice at The Chef’s Academy.

- Only one vote is allowed per person on The Chef’s Academy Facebook page for the competition. Students and their supporters, including instructors, friends and family, will need to become a "fan" of the Facebook page in order to vote in the competition.

- Selected finalists will be responsible for all costs and expenses associated with participating in the June 15 competition, including, but not limited to, travel to and from Morrisville, N.C.

- A student’s high school instructor may accompany the entrant and serve as a “coach” for the competition but is not allowed to participate in any other fashion during the event.

- Each student will be required to bring his or her own personal knife kit and accessories. All small wares and large utensils will be provided by The Chef’s Academy.

- Scoring for the competition will include a brief five minute interview with each entrant by three industry professionals, who will facilitate a conversation about college readiness and career commitment by each competitor.

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 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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