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Chef Tony Hanslits Selected as Winner of 2013 Healing Spirit Award

Local Culinary Institute’s Executive Chef Receives Honor from Cancer Support Community Central Indiana.

Indianapolis, IN, January 23, 2014 --( The Chef’s Academy, the Culinary Division of Harrison College, a 110-year-old, private sector college serving more than 4,000 students worldwide, has announced that Chef Tony Hanslits, executive chef at the institution’s Indianapolis campus, has received the 2013 Healing Spirit Award from Cancer Support Community Central Indiana. Chef Hanslits received the award at the 2014 Annual Meeting of Cancer Support Community Central Indiana on Wednesday, Jan. 15 at the organization’s headquarters, located at 5150 W. 71st Street.

Chef Hanslits has served as Executive Chef at The Chef’s Academy since 2006 and brings more than three decades of respected experience and innovation to his role. Prior to joining The Chef’s Academy, he served as Executive Chef over Indianapolis' finest restaurant kitchens such as 14 West, Malibu on Maryland, Peter's Restaurant, Something Different/SNAX Restaurant, Hilton on the Circle, and Woodland Country Club. He was also the Executive Chef and Co-owner of Tavola di Tosa Italian Restaurant and Tosa EuroCafe in Broad Ripple.

Cancer Support Community Central Indiana is a nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring that all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action and sustained by the community so that no one faces cancer alone. Each year, the organization presents its Healing Spirit Award to an individual who exemplifies extraordinary compassion and quality care for people with cancer and their loved ones. Chef Hanslits, who got involved in the organization this past year, was chosen for the 2013 award for his participation in the pilot Kids in the Kitchen initiative, which helps local families impacted by cancer learn fun, creative, cost-effective and healthy eating habits.

For more information on Cancer Support Community Central Indiana and the 2013 Healing Spirit Award, visit

"Being able to use my passion for culinary arts to help Indiana citizens impacted by cancer is quite an honor,” said Chef Hanslits. “Those who fight this terrible disease day after day are unsung heroes, and I am happy to do my part to support those individuals and ensure that no one faces cancer alone by engaging in the Kids in the Kitchen initiative with Cancer Support Community Central Indiana. It is truly an honor to receive the 2013 Healing Spirit Award, and I hope this inspires others to use their talents to get involved in the fight against cancer.”

“We are incredibly fortunate to have someone like Chef Hanslits on staff at The Chef’s Academy,” said Ryon Kaopuiki, Indianapolis campus president at The Chef’s Academy. “Not only is he a great instructor, but he sets an outstanding example for our culinary and pastry students by showing them the importance of giving back to the local community. We applaud him for his efforts, and will continue to support him in his work with Cancer Support Community Central Indiana.”

“We are honored to present the 2013 Healing Spirit Award to Chef Tony Hanslits of The Chef’s Academy in Indianapolis,” said Kathleen N. Spears, Ph.D., MHA, president and CEO of Cancer Support Community Central Indiana. “Chef Hanslits truly embodies the spirit of our organization and plays an important role in our efforts to provide cancer patients and their loved ones with the ongoing support they need. We congratulate him and want everyone to know the impact his work has had on our organization and everyone we serve.”

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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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