The Chef's Academy Hires Chef Chris Francis As New Culinary Instructor
Submitted by: MMI Public Relations
Indianapolis, IN (OPENPRESS) May 11, 2012 -- The Chef's Academy (http://www.thechefsacademy.com), the Culinary Division of Harrison College, a 110-year-old, nationally accredited institution that offers 40 degree programs in five schools of study, has announced the hire of a new culinary instructor, Chef Chris Francis. With 16 years of experience, Francis has taught wines and spirits, meat fabrication, and soups and sauces at Scottsdale Culinary Le Cordon Bleu in Scottsdale, Ariz. While teaching, he opened a catering company, which later turned into a small restaurant named Baguettes Bistro. Francis currently owns a consulting and catering company called Food Innovations. Previously, he owned a restaurant called Indigo Bakery in Texas, and he helped open another restaurant called Joe's Smoke House in Oklahoma. Francis studied occupational studies/hotel and restaurant management at Oklahoma State University and earned an associate degree from Le Cordon Bleu. He served in the U.S. Armed Forces from 1990 to 1996. Active professionally, Francis maintains membership in the American Culinary Federation, which is the largest organization of professional chefs nationwide, and as a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, seeks to build awareness of the culinary industry and strengthen the image of professional chefs.
"The Chef's Academy is continuing to grow its world-class faculty, and Chef Chris is another remarkable culinary industry leader whom we are proud to welcome to our ranks," said Jayson M. Boyers, national division president of The Chef's Academy. "Chris' background and restaurant management experience will serve as an asset to our students as they learn new culinary techniques as well as the basics of running a restaurant, all the way from the creation of a menu through the complexities of purchasing and inventory."
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The Chef's Academy is the Culinary Division of Harrison College, a 110-year-old, nationally accredited institution that offers 40 degree programs in five schools of study. More than 6,000 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 http://www.thechefsacademy.com.