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

North Carolina Student Earns a Full Tuition Scholarship to Local Culinary Institution.

Raleigh, NC, August 21, 2013 --( The Chef’s Academy (, the Culinary Division of Harrison College, a private sector college serving more than 4,000 students worldwide, has announced the winners of the 2013 Top Teen Talent Scholarship Competition. The 2013 winner, Brianna Meeks of Jordan Matthews High School in North Carolina has won a full tuition scholarship in Culinary Arts worth more than $40,000 to The Chef's Academy. The competition, hosted at The Chef’s Academy’s campus in Morrisville, N.C., highlights the culinary and pastry talents of high school students throughout the United States.

Alexandria Kurtz of McCutcheon High School in Lafayette, Indiana was awarded a $5,000 scholarship for placing second in the competition. Six students were also awarded $1,000 scholarships for competing. Those students were:

- Destiny Kiest of Boone Grove High School, Valparaiso, I.N.
- Hannah Freeland of Cascade Senior High School, Clayton, I.N.
- Anthony Burkhalter of Noblesville High School, Noblesville, I.N.
- Taylor Thompson of Cary High School, Cary, N.C.
- Haley Schronce of Tri-City Christian High School, Conover, N.C.
- Adam Kingrea of Southern High School, Durham, N.C.

The Chef’s Academy accepted competition submissions from February to May. Interested junior and senior high school students submitted a recipe with a photo and a one-page paper about why they are interested in furthering their culinary education. Following the initial application, all entries were posted on Facebook, and the top nine students who received the most “likes” were invited to the school’s North Carolina campus. There, they completed an interview portion and competed in a Top Chef-style cook-off for the prize. All students were given the same recipe and one hour and 45 minutes to prepare the dish. Dishes were judged by Chefs Jeffrey Bane, Eric Gephart and Paul Sottile from The Chef’s Academy, as well as local professionals.

"We are deeply impressed with this year’s applicants," said Chef Jeffrey Bane, North Carolina campus president and national dean at The Chef’s Academy. "It has been amazing watching the growth of The Chef’s Academy and the determined, professional chefs it produces. We look forward to seeing Brianna and all of our scholarship winners follow the same path to success."

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About The Chef’s Academy:
The Chef’s Academy is the Culinary Division of Harrison College, a career-focused institution of higher education serving more than 4,000 students worldwide. 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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