The Chef’s Academy Announces Winter 2014 Commencement Ceremony

Local Culinary Institute to Honor 60 Culinary and Pastry Graduates Jan. 25

Indianapolis, IN, January 25, 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, will host its winter 2014 commencement ceremony at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 25 at the Madame Walker Theatre, located at 617 Indiana Ave. The event will celebrate the achievements of 60 culinary and pastry students, who will be taking the next step in their careers after extensive preparation to enter an increasingly competitive workforce. Graduates, each of which will be earning as associates degree in either culinary or pastry arts, will be joining restaurants and organizations both locally and beyond, including Eagles Nest at the Hyatt Regency, Mesh on Mass and Highland Country Club in Indianapolis, as well as The Phoenix in Fort Wayne.

Jennifer Vigran, CEO of Second Helpings, Inc., will deliver the commencement address for the winter 2014 graduates. Second Helpings, Inc. is an Indianapolis-based community kitchen and culinary job training program dedicated to transforming lives through the power of food. Through its Food Rescue, Hunger Relief, and Culinary Job Training programs, Second Helpings is able to provide nutritious meals for thousands of hungry children and adults each day, and has trained more than 500 unemployed and underemployed adults for careers in the culinary industry.

Second Helpings and The Chef’s Academy are neighbors in more ways than just geography. The nonprofit’s Hunger Relief program has benefited from the talents of many of The Chef’s Academy’s students and graduates who have served as volunteers to help prepare the 3,800 meals that Second Helpings provides each day to children, seniors and families at more than 70 social service agencies. The Chef’s Academy faculty has also embraced Second Helpings’ 10-week Culinary Job Training program that helps unemployed and underemployed adults begin a path toward a meaningful career in the foodservice industry. The faculty has welcomed students of Second Helpings and served as guest instructors to help inspire program participants to build self-sufficiency for themselves and their families.

"This class of graduates has worked tirelessly to prepare themselves for the increasingly competitive culinary and pastry industries of today,” said Ryon Kaopuiki, Indianapolis campus president at The Chef’s Academy. “We are so proud to celebrate with our graduates and their families, and are eager to see them succeed in their new roles.”

“During my time at Second Helpings I have had the opportunity to witness the knowledge and expertise of The Chef’s Academy students and graduates,” said Vigran. “I am honored to help welcome these new graduates to the culinary industry and eager to see them use their training and talents to make a significant and positive impact on our community and our world.”

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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

About Second Helpings:
At Second Helpings, we’re helping transform lives through the power of food. By accepting donated perishable and overstocked food, we prepare nutritious meals for thousands of hungry children and adults every day and distribute them free of charge through social service agencies in Greater Indianapolis. For more information, visit
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